City Cohort 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.



Contact MPA Advisor

Karolyn Field is the graduate advisor for the Masters of Public Administration program.

Phone number: (817) 272-5008


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Earn your MPA degree just steps from City Hall at UTA Fort Worth. Combining a convenient schedule of face-to-face classes and online learning, city employees will benefit from maximum flexibility and a program designed to combine both academic and practitioner knowledge. The new MPA City Cohort is a partnership between the City of Fort Worth and The University of Texas at Arlington.

Program Advantages

  • At UTA's conveniently located downtown Fort Worth Center
  • Classes meet once per week - Friday 3 pm to 6 pm (employer approved)
  • Taught by UTA Faculty and City Managers
  • A practical perspective tailored to Fort Worth's city management career
  • Use employee tuition reimbursement benefit plus additional financial aid (if qualified)
  • Focus on one course at a time

Required Core Classes (30 hrs)

  • PAPP 5302 Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis
  • PAPP 5309 Intergovernmental Relations
  • PAPP 5320 Public Organization Theory
  • PAPP 5326 Public Budgeting
  • PAPP 5329 Financial Management in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
  • PAPP 5345 Evaluation Research
  • PAPP 5350 Public Administration
  • PAPP 5351 Public Human Resources
  • PAPP 5358 Ethics in the Public Service
  • PAPP 5399 Public Administration Capstone

Economic and Sustainability Emphasis

  • PAPP 5321 Urban Management
  • PAPP 5334 Managing Economic Development
  • PLAN 5363 Leadership and Communication


33 months | 39 credit hours in 8-week or 11-week course with $7,100 tuition after reimbursement. 

Sponsoring local governments reimburse most tuition and fees. For example, a City of Fort Worth employee can complete the degree for $7,100[1] after up to $5,250 a calendar year in reimbursement. Employees may also apply for additional financial aid (e.g., veteran’s benefits) as qualified.

***Estimate based on Fall 2021 tuition rates for in-state students after City of Fort Worth tuition reimbursement. see HR Staff for details.***


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Learn About the City Cohort Program

Contact the listed faculty or click on the flyer to learn more.

James Brown, Academic Recruiter


Phone: (817) 272-5750

Text: (855) 202-6815

Dr. David Coursey, MPA Program Director


Daisy Valk-Lopez, Recruitment Coordinator


Phone: (817) 272-5956

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