Program Director: Dr. David Coursey
The mission of the Master's of Public Administration programs is to strengthen public decision making and the delivery of public services in a globalized and diverse society by educating students to lead and manage organizations at all levels of government and nonprofit institutions ethically, democratically, and effectively.
Public Administration is concerned with the formulation, analysis and implementation of public policy in urban institutions. 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.
As of Spring 2011, there were 195 students in the MPA program: 66 full-time, 129 part-time. 57% of admitted students (53% full-time, 47% part-time) complete the degree within five years.
Offered at our UT Arlington main campus, the On-Campus MPA offers students 6 emphasis areas comprised of courses specializing in each specific area. MPA students choosing the On-Campus MPA, will be able to maintain a flexible schedule - enrolling as a full-time or part-time student. The On-Campus MPA Program admits new students every fall, spring and summer semester. The program is designed to be completed in two academic years (2 Fall and 2 Spring semesters) by full-time students.
The online program provides a convenient, flexible way for working professionals or recent graduates to earn their MPA degree, regardless of their schedule or location, without sacrificing academic quality. Students are not required to attend the campus at any time. The program is designed to be completed in seven semesters by part-time students. Students sequentially take two eight-week courses per term except in Summer where courses are taken simultaneously. For more details including courses, admission requirements, and costs, see our online MPA program website or call our enrollment specialist at 866-489-2810.
If you entered the MPA program before Fall 2013, the previous online program details apply to you.