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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

Program in Public Administration
Degree Requirements and Courses | Dual Degree Programs | Certified Public Management Program | Certificate in Urban Nonprofit Management

Area of Study and Degree

Public Administration


Master's Degree Plan


Graduate Advisor

Guisette Salazar

513 University Hall, 817-272-3302

Program Faculty

School of Urban and Public Affairs

Arvidson, Barrett, Cole, Cornehls, Geisel, Rodriguez, Salazar, Taebel, Tees, Wegner, Wyman (Chair)

Department of Political Science

Clark (Vice-Chair), Farrar-Myers, Gutierrez, Knerr


Public Administration is concerned with the formulation, analysis and implementation of public policy. With an interdisciplinary focus, this program gives special emphasis to the urban community and the special problems of public managers who serve the urban arena. The curriculum is designed to develop leadership skills while providing a thorough understanding of the political, social, and economic environment in which public managers operate. The MPA serves the educational needs of current public service professionals interested in upgrading their skills and those who are preparing for management careers in government. The program is of value to general managers as well as the departmental managers. The Master of Public Administration is a joint program of the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science.

In addition, the program utilizes the resources of several distinguished professionals in the field of public administration who serve as special lecturers and adjunct professors, including Levi Davis, former assistant city manager of Dallas; George Campbell, former city manager of Arlington and former president of the Texas City Managers Association; Curtis Hawk, former city manager of Southlake; Richard Greene, former mayor of Arlington; Charles Boswell, assistant city manager of Fort Worth; and Kay Godbey, former city manager of Burleson.


The program includes two essential educational objectives. The first is to teach the skills needed for effective public leadership and management, including planning and decision making; managing people, resources and programs; and representing the public interest in the highest ethical traditions.

The second objective is to provide students with an intensive understanding of urban institutions, processes, and policy. Since the urban environment impacts on public programs, a thorough understanding is an essential key for effective public administration.

Degree Requirement and Courses

The total numbers of semester credit hours will range from a minimum of 39 to a maximum of 42 as follows: (See departmental listings for course descriptions in other sections of the catalog as follows: URPA: Urban and Public Affairs; POLS: Political Science; CRCJ: Criminal Justice; SOCI: Sociology; ECON: Economics; HIST: History; ACCT: Accounting.)

1. Basic Common Courses (12 hours).
SUPA 5300 The Urban Community
SUPA 5301 Foundations of Urban Politics and Economics
SUPA 5302 Urban Research and Analysis
URPA 5343 Applied Urban Analysis

2. Political, Legal, Economic and Social Institutions and Processes (6 hours).
URPA 5303 The Metroplex: A Survey of Urban Affairs, Planning and Administration
URPA 5304 The Urban Political System or POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: State and Local Politics and Policies URPA 5305 Theories of Urban Society
URPA 5306 The Urban Economy
URPA 5308 Urban History
URPA 5309 Intergovernmental Relations or POLS 5310 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
URPA 5325 Urban and Administrative Law

3. Urban Public Policy (6 hours).
URPA 5310 Urban Policy
URPA 5311 Social Policy Formation
URPA 5312 Economic Policy
URPA 5313 Community Development
URPA 5314 Health Policy
URPA 5315 Urban Education Policy
URPA 5316 Human Services
URPA 5317 Urban Environmental Policy
URPA 5318 Social Welfare Policy
URPA 5319 Urban Problems
URPA 5391 Topics in Urban Policy
POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy
POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: Health Care Politics and Policy Making
POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: Public Policy Analysis
POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: The Politics of Governmental Reform
POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: U.S. Public Policy and the Mexican-American Community
POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: Special Topics in Policy Making
Other policy courses from other departments as appropriate. Students may petition the graduate advisor to have a professional field, such as planning, substitute for the "Urban Public Policy" field.

4. Administrative Theory, Practices and Processes (12 hours).
URPA 5320 Organization Theory and Development
URPA 5321 Urban Management
POLS 5302 Trends in Public Administration and Policy Management
POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: Public Budgeting and Fiscal Policies
POLS 5314 Topics in Public Administration and Policy Making: Urban Administration
URPA 5322 Urban Bureaucracy and the Policy Process
URPA 5323 Public Organizational Change
URPA 5392 Topics in Urban Management
URPA 5352 Personnel Management and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector
CRCJ 5318 Criminal Justice Personnel Administration
URPA 5324 Urban Public Finance or
ECON 5304 Advanced Public Finance
URPA 5326 Public Budgeting (also offered as CIRP 5328)
URPA 5327 Comparative Administration and Development
URPA 5328 Small City Management
ACCT 5320 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
URPA 5329 Financial Management in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
URPA 5351 Personnel and Human Resources in the Public Sector
URPA 5350 Principles of Public Administration
URPA 5353 Urban Government Reform and Innovation
URPA 5354 Management of Non-Profit Organizations
URPA 5355 Non-Profit Institutions
URPA 5356 Public Entrepreneurial Management
URPA 5357 Strategic Planning and Management

5. Techniques of Analysis (3 hours).
URPA 5342 Strategies for Urban Research or
SOCI 5304 Social Statistics
URPA 5348 Cost Benefit Analysis
URPA 5345 Evaluation Research
URPA 5349 Introduction to Microcomputers for Planning and Administration
URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing
URPA 5395 Conference Course in Urban Affairs

6. Internship (URPA 5350, also offered as CIRP 5392) (3 hours) for students with less than one year of appropriate work experience.

Dual Degree Programs

Students in public administration may participate in one of four dual degree programs whereby they can earn a Master of Public Administration and 1) a Master of City and Regional Planning, 2) a Master of Science in Social Work, 3) a Master of Science in Nursing, 4) a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, or 5) a Master's of Sociology. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply a number of semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from nine to 18 hours, subject to the approval of Graduate Advisors from both programs. To participate in the dual degree program, students must make separate application to each program and must submit a separate Program of Work for each degree. Those interested in the dual degree program should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor(s) for further information on course requirements. See also the statement of Dual Degree Programs in the general information section of this catalog.

Certified Public Management Program

The Certified Public Management (CPM) Program is a nationally accredited program of seven courses offered over a 12-month period. Each course meets two days a month for two months. Courses cover such topics as personnel administration, quality management, organizational communication, public finance and budgeting, productivity, and information systems. The program has been endorsed by the American Society for Public Administration and has been approved for continuing education credit by the County Commissioners Education Committee, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, and the Texas State Board of Accountancy. Students completing the program may apply to have up to 6 hours of transfer credit applied to the Master of Public Administration.

Certificate in Urban Nonprofit Management

The Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate provides in-depth management training to nonprofit managers, staff, board members and volunteers to strengthen their management skills, administrative systems, and service delivery programs.

Students from any department or discipline may elect to complete the certificate program. Upon completion, students will be prepared to assume key roles in any nonprofit institution.

The certificate requires completion of URPA 5334 (Management of Nonprofit Organizations) and URPA 5335 (Nonprofit Institutions) as well as three additional courses to be selected by the student with approval of the Urban Nonprofit Management certificate program advisor. Examples of courses that would be approved include: URPA 5304 The Metroplex; URPA 5329 Financial Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sector; URPA 5351 Personnel and Human Resources in the Public Sector; URPA 5392 Entrepreneurial Management; CIRP 5319 Agencies of Planning and Administration or CIRP 5312 Strategic Planning and Management; CIRP 5324 Community Development or CIRP 5306 Urban Development; SOCW 5307 Introduction to Human Services Administration; SOCW 5303 Foundations of Social Policy and Services; MARK 5311 Marketing; MARK 5345 Creative Problem Solving.

Students who are already enrolled in a graduate degree program at U.T. Arlington need only declare their intent to enroll by submitting the appropriate application form to the Urban Nonprofit Management Graduate Advisor. No prerequisite requirements are essential for these students.

Students who desire only to enroll in the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate program but NOT in a graduate degree program may apply for admission to U.T. Arlington as a special student or "non-degree seeking" student. An undergraduate degree and grade point average of 3.0 shall be required. A GRE (graduate record examination) score and letters of recommendation are not necessary for admission to the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate program. Any student that later seeks a graduate degree in a U.T. Arlington college or school may apply nine hours of coursework toward that degreewithin six years of completion and award of the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate and by petition to the Graduate School through her or his prospective academic department. The acceptance or waiver of the remaining six hours taken as part of the requirements for the award of the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate is at the discretion of each department.

Graduate students in any degree program at U.T. Arlington may register for Urban Nonprofit Management courses using standard registration procedures. It should be noted that class slots in the two core courses would be reserved for all of those Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate program participants who are accepted. Urban Nonprofit Management program students who are enrolled in other academic schools or colleges must obtain written course approval from their respective graduate advisors.

Professionals who desire to enroll in any or both of the core courses for continuing education hours may do so as special students. If at a later date these students decide to apply for the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate program, the hours already taken as continuing education will be applied (within six years of completion of the courses) to the certificate program requirements.


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