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School of Urban and Public Affairs

School of Urban and Public Affairs

Welcome from the Dean

Dean Barbara BeckerThank you for your interest in the School of Urban and Public Affairs and its many fine programs. We want you to have as much information as you need in making the important decision regarding the program that best fits your interests, goals, and aspirations. We at SUPA hope you find our college and one of its excellent programs the perfect place for you.

Since SUPA’s beginnings in 1967 as a legislatively mandated research, service and teaching institute, the school has grown into the internationally recognized School of Urban and Public Affairs that offers the best possible preparation for public-service careers and for research in public affairs, planning, public administration, and interdisciplinary studies. Our nationally ranked and accredited programs in public administration and planning offer outstanding professional degrees with alumni well positioned across the nation and the world. Our interdisciplinary approach provides a broad scope and rich intellectual experience to help our graduates meet the challenges of complex issues they will face as professionals. The multidisciplinary faculty offers curriculum that balances the theoretical and applied perspectives of public, private, and non-profit policy concerns so that students are given ample opportunities for hands on experiences.

Our students are a culturally diverse group that comes from across Texas and the nation as well as from around the world. There is a mixture of those coming straight from undergraduate degrees to those working professionals seeking to enhance their careers. A large majority of our graduates hold significant positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors including city managers, economic development directors, private consultants, city planners, transportation analysts, and police chiefs. Our programs provide knowledge and skills utilized across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Please read about our individual programs on this website.

There never has been a more exciting or opportune time to undertake a program of graduate or undergraduate studies in the School of Urban and Public Affairs. We urge you to consider SUPA’s programs where there are a multitude of opportunities for your professional development in an exciting and growing metropolitan region. Students from across the nation and from around the world are seeking admittance into SUPA. We hope that you are among them.


Barbara Becker, Dean
School of Urban and Public Affairs