College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs
601 W. Nedderman Drive
Arlington, TX 76019-0108
CAPPA's MPA program is accredited by the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation and listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards
The accelerated online MPA 39-credit hours (with internship waiver) 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.Learn more about Accelerated Online MPA
The 39-hour city cohort program mixes daytime classes at city government locations with online learning tailored to city management and includes an emphasis in economic development and urban management.Learn more about the City Cohort format
The mission of the Master of Public Administration program 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.
The MPA at UTA is the largest enrolled accredited program in Texas and #15 in the USA with good reason. All three MPA programs for a masters are campus, online, and a city cohort. Our MPA programs are fully accredited by NASPAA - the international accreditation body for the MPA. Set in the dynamic Dallas-Forth Worth region, the on-campus and accelerated online programs offer tremendous opportunities for practice and learning. The unique intermix of city planning, public policy, and architecture in the program’s home college (CAPPA) creates significant unique opportunities for students to co-create urban, ecological, and social fabrics.
Program Director: Dr. David Coursey
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.
CAPPA's MPA program is among the highest ranked program in the public administration field.
MPA Graduate Job Industry Examples from AY 19-20 Graduates (82 total):
• Local/Regional Government (32)
• Nonprofits (14)
• Private Sector (14, 10 in research and consulting)
• State Government (4)
• National Government (7)
• Military (4)
• Unemployed (1 seeking employment)
• Further education (2)
• International (0)
• Unknown (4)
*Most of our students have existing jobs and obtain the degree towards seeking increased career opportunities.
As of Fall 2021, there were 242 students in the MPA program (35 campus, 184 online, and 23 city cohort) with approximately 89% part-time students (viz., taking fewer than 9 hours a semester). This makes UTA the 15th largest MPA U.S. program. For the 116 AY15-16 initially enrolled students, 16% completed the degree within two years, 61% in 3 years, and 66% in 4-years (and 66% later or still in the program). Since AY15-16, the programs have been restructured to better fit part-time students such that expected graduation timelines are shorter. A part-time student can finish the campus or accelerated online program in 6-7 semesters and, using summer classes, as early as two calendar years.
UTA MPA Graduate Median Salaries for Texas Residents reported by SeekUT:
$63,000: one-year post-graduation
$75,000: five years post-graduation
$95,000: ten years post-graduation
The 10-year median is the highest among all UT-system accredited MPA programs by $8,000 (UTSA), second highest at 5-years and 1-year.
There are two different application forms depending on whether you are interested in the campus or online program. For more admission information, review the Admissions Process form.