School of Urban and Public Affairs

 

Dean Barbara Becker

 

Web www.uta.edu/supa/

Phone 817.272.3071

Fax 817.272.5008

 

511 University Hall

601 S Nedderman Dr

Box 19588, Arlington, Texas 76019, USA

Graduate Faculty

City and Regional Planning

Graduate Advisor

Karolyn Field

Program Director

Ivonne Audirac

Professor

Ardeshir Anjomani

Barbara Becker

Jianling Li

Associate Professor

Enid Arvidson

Carl Grodach

Assistant Professor

Karabi Bezboruah

Yekang Ko

Andrew Whittemore

Interdisciplinary Studies

Assistant Director

Michael Wollman

Graduate Advisor

Karolyn Field

Assistant Professor

Michan Connor

James Welch IV

Clinical Professor

Mike West

Public Administration

Graduate Advisor

Karolyn Field

Program Director

David Coursey

Professor

Richard Cole

Associate Professor

Rod Hissong

Maria Martinez-Cosio

Alejandro Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Karabi Bezboruah

Colleen Casey

Darla Hamann

Urban and Public Affairs

Graduate Advisor

Karolyn Field

Program Director

David Coursey

Professor

Ardeshir Anjomani

Richard Cole

Associate Professor

Enid Arvidson

Rod Hissong

Maria Martinez-Cosio

Alejandro Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Colleen Casey

Darla Hamann

Graduate Advisors

Ardeshir Anjomani

Urban Planning & Public Policy, Ph.D.

Karolyn Field

City & Regional Planning, M.CIRP.

Public & Urban Administration, Ph.D.

Public Administration, M.P.A.

Urban Affairs, M.A.

Urban Planning & Public Policy, Ph.D.

Maria Martinez-Cosio

Public & Urban Administration, Ph.D.

Anthony Valdez

City & Regional Planning, M.CIRP.

Public & Urban Administration, Ph.D.

Public Administration, M.P.A.

Urban Affairs, M.A.

Urban Planning & Public Policy, Ph.D.

 

Mission and Philosophy

History and Overview

Accreditation

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty

Programs Overview

 

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the School of Urban and Public Affairs is to conduct basic and applied research into urban problems and public policy, to provide services in support of public and nonprofit agencies, and to educate and train students for public service careers.

 

History and Overview

SUPA was established in 1967 as the Institute of Urban Studies by an act of the Texas Legislature. The institute’s mandate was to offer Texas city and county governments and other public agencies high-caliber, university-based research, training and other technical services. In 1990, after significant expansion of its staff and programs, the organization became the School of Urban and Public Affairs. The institute continues to operate as a vital part of the school.

SUPA is the state’s only university-based center for applied research and service in urban affairs. It is called upon routinely to study and recommend solutions for problems confronting government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private industry.

During its more than 40 years of existence, SUPA has conducted hundreds of studies on such topics as transportation, housing, local economic development, public safety, corrections, education, human services, child care and regional governance. Its reports are included in the collections of virtually every major library in Texas and have been adopted as texts at many colleges and universities.

Within SUPA is the Institute of Urban Studies that is a primary source of information and advice in such matters as computer applications in urban management, home rule charters, redistricting, inter-local contracting, economic development, personnel management, revenue administration, land appraisal, zoning and land-use issues. SUPA is active in training local government officials and in consulting on service projects for governmental agencies worldwide. Urban professionals rely on SUPA for consultation and guidance in accomplishing such goals as urban revitalization, pollution control, conservation, and facility planning and siting.

SUPA uses the most advanced computers, data collection and analysis techniques in conducting research, and its more than 20 faculty and staff draw upon their rich and diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. One distinguishing feature of SUPA is its location in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a rich urban laboratory of more than 200 cities with a total population of approximately 6 million. This complex urban arena offers a wide array of opportunities for student projects, internships and employment. SUPA faculty, staff and students work on "real-life" urban and public affairs projects in cooperation with city governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations through the school’s institutes and centers.

 

Accreditation

The School of Urban and Public Affairs is one of only approximately 20 in the country having both its Master’s of Public Administration and its Master’s of City and Regional Planning programs fully accredited by their respective accrediting agencies.

The Master’s of City and Regional Planning is officially recognized and accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board that accredits North American planning programs on the basis of a strict and extensive set of criteria rooted in planning knowledge, skills, and values. Students enrolled in accredited programs are eligible for certain national scholarships, and graduates of accredited programs may qualify for certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners after fewer years of experience than graduates of nonaccredited programs.

The Master’s of Public Administration degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration that requires public administration programs to meet strict standards for faculty qualifications, curriculum content, admissions and program requirements, student composition and services, budget and facilities. Accreditation enhances the program’s national reputation and opens doors and provides opportunities for students applying for Texas-based scholarships and nationwide positions.

SUPA was ranked as one of the best programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2008.

 

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty

SUPA faculty are actively engaged in research and community service projects that benefit local jurisdictions, public and nonprofit agencies with expertise that is beyond the normal scope of their particular services and resources. Typical projects include revitalization studies for inner-city neighborhoods, development plans for central business districts, economic development strategies for municipalities, inter-local contracting studies, and assessments of service delivery alternatives in communities and school districts.

The broad range of faculty research interests primarily focuses on local issues and provides support for local officials and urban professionals, but it also includes basic research into urban problems and public policy that is published in national journals and used in university texts. Research topics include such urban affairs issues as urban theory, development, management, politics, social welfare policy, social service administration and minority relations; such planning issues as urban design, land use analysis, environmental planning, economic development, community service and development, focus group research and group facilitation; and such public administration issues as public management, intergovernmental relations, entrepreneurship in government, education and economic development.

 

Programs Overview

Degree Programs

Master’s of Arts in Urban Affairs

Master’s of City and Regional Planning

Master’s of Public Administration

Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy

SUPA participates in dual-degree programs with the schools of Architecture, Nursing and Social Work. It participates with the colleges of Engineering and Science in an interdisciplinary program leading to Master’s and Doctoral degrees in environmental science and engineering.

Master’s Programs

Urban Affairs

The Master of Arts in Urban Affairs prepares students for policy and/or management positions in local government, regional government, nonprofit and private sector consulting and for other professional positions in economic development, social planning, community organizing, and urban journalism.

The program is organized around public policy issues with emphasis on the problems and questions related to life in urban communities. Because urban issues are complex and require the understanding and skills of many disciplines, the program is interdisciplinary in character, curriculum content, teaching staff, and enrollment. The degree is built around an urban core with students choosing a policy or non-profit oriented concentration.

City and Regional Planning

The MCRP program prepares students for careers as professional planners with public, private and nonprofit organizations. It does this by training students to apply planning theory, knowledge, techniques, and skills to “real world” planning problems through coursework, studios, and internship opportunities.

UTA’s City and Regional Planning Master’s Degree Program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). The program’s mission, goals and objectives, and accreditation efforts are shaped in consultation with the MCRP Advisory Board composed of alumni and area practitioners.

Public Administration

Public Administration is concerned with the formulation, analysis, negotiation, and implementation of democratically responsible collective action. With an interdisciplinary focus, this program gives special emphasis to the urban community and the special challenges of public managers who serve in urban areas. The curriculum is designed to develop leadership capacity, understanding of the political, social, and economic characteristics of today’s urban environment and the ability to apply current theories of management and analysis to difficult management issues. The program is meant as preparation for those entering management careers in government for the first time or as career development for those already employed who are seeking upward mobility in public management. The Master of Public Administration is a joint program of the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science.

The MPA degree at the School of Urban and Public Affairs is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and the curriculum conforms to NASPAA standards.

Certificate Programs

SUPA offers certificate programs in Development Review, Geographic Information Systems, Public Budgeting and Financial Management and Urban Non-Profit Management, designed to provide skills and proficiency in highly specialized areas. Students enrolled in graduate degree programs at UT Arlington as well as students not enrolled in graduate degree programs are eligible to apply for these certificate programs. Students who are already enrolled in a graduate degree program at U.T. Arlington need only declare their intent to enroll by contacting their academic advisor. No prerequisites are required for these students. Those desiring to enroll in a certificate program but who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program may do so by applying to UT Arlington as a non-degree seeking special student. Upon completion of all requirements, a certificate of completion is awarded by the University. Information on all certificate programs can be found below by clicking on the certificate of interest.

Ph.D. Programs

Urban Planning and Public Policy Program

The UPPP Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including 39 credit hours of coursework and a minimum of 9 dissertation credit hours. The 39 credit hours of coursework include: 6 hours of leveling courses, 9 hours in the required core of urban planning and public policy, 6 hours of methods courses and 18 hours of elected specialization courses. Courses and credit hours may be waived for students with relevant previous coursework upon approval of the dissertation supervisor and program director.

Coursework in the required core, which covers core knowledge and competencies in planning and policy, as well as the courses in the selected field areas prepares students for the field exam. In their first semester, students select their committee based on their interests and take a diagnostic exam, The student’s committee will then guide their course work, including any extra courses needed based on their diagnostic exam.

Public and Urban Administration

The PUAD Ph.D. has eight required core courses, three required research courses, and a minimum of 9 dissertation credit hours. The eight core courses address the social sciences and public administration literatures critical to the integrative approach of the program. The methods courses include an intermediate quantitative methods course, and a qualitative methods course. Students also enroll in URPA 6301 to guide them in preparing their dissertation proposal. Students select their supervising committee during their first year to help guide them through their comprehensive exams and begin working on their dissertation proposal.

A student can expect to complete the 11 required courses in no more than two academic years. Upon completing them, students sit for their written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is an integrative exam that blends public policy issues with public administration.

Students who completed a Masters in Public Administration may be eligible to waive some coursework and are encouraged to meet with the PUAD advisor.