On Campus MPA

Sixteen-week courses are offered Monday through Thursday from 6:00-8:50 PM in Fall and Spring and from 6:00-9:50 PM during the shortened eleven-week Summer semester.

This program is offered evenings on our UTA main campus, the 39-credit hour (with internship waiver) campus MPA offers students four emphasis areas comprised of courses specializing in each specific area. On campus MPA students will be able to maintain a flexible schedule - enrolling as a full-time or part-time student. The campus program admits new students every fall, spring and summer semester. The program is designed to be completed in five semesters by full-time students and either six or seven semesters by part-time students (includes summer terms). The determining factor for 6-7 semesters is whether the student takes the capstone 5399 with two other courses their last semester.

Sixteen week courses are offered Monday through Thursday from 6:00-8:50 PM in Fall and Spring and from 6:00-9:50 PM during the shortened eleven-week Summer semester. 

MPA Overview


Required Core Classes (30 hours)

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

Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Objective: Review, recommend, and interpret operating and capital budget requests taking political, economic, and decision-making processes into account. Assist the budget officer and other higher-level public officials in performing comprehensive financial analyses and developing financial and budgetary recommendations. Click here for Public Budgeting and Financial Management curriculum.

Local Government Management

Objective: Demonstrate proficiency in the use of applied analytic tools such as program evaluation, policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and other management decision-making tools to aid the public manager make more informed decisions; Assist public managers and other higher-level public officials to understand, analyze, and recommend appropriate solutions to complex public policy issues Click here for Local Government Management curriculum.

Urban Nonprofit Agency Management

Objective: Understand the different management areas and techniques within the nonprofit organization, including institutional management, leadership, fund-raising, financial administration, human resources coordination, and planning and performance measurements. Understand the role of nonprofits as community institutions with an outward focus, including the political, economic, and inter-organizational environment, as well as marketing, legal, and government policy issues. Click here for Urban Nonprofit Agency Management curriculum.

Strategic Human Resources Management

Objective: Demonstrate an understanding of public human resource policies, programs, procedures, and legal issues relevant to the field; and demonstrate knowledge of techniques employed in designing performance appraisals, recruiting and selecting employees, and developing rewards systems. Click here for Strategic Human Resources Management curriculum.

Public Policy and Policy Analysis

Objective: Demonstrate proficiency in the tools and skills to effectively support local government policy analysis and decision-making. Public policy and policy analysis at all levels of government is essential for meeting the demands of an increasingly expensive and complex service-delivery need and declining resources. Click here for the Public Policy and Policy Analysis curriculum.

Public Policy and Policy Analysis Emphasis 


Internships (3hours)

The MPA program internship course (PAPP 5360) is waivable with at least one year professional public service work experience. 

This 3 hour course is designed for students to complete a one semester internship in professional public service. There are no prerequisites that must be met before entering an internship or enrolling in PAPP 5360, therefore you can immediately begin an internship within their first semester and thereafter.

Internship openings are announced via the MPA student email listserv. If you need placement help, contact the MPA director at least one semester before course enrollment. Interns are placed in a variety of government and nonprofit organizations as well as private organizations engaged in public service activities. Nine students requested and were placed for AY17-18. Example placements include:


  • Homeland Security, USCIS
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Vital Strategies (public health)
  • El Paso County
  • Park South, YMCA
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • City of Grand Prairie, Mayor's Office (Budgeting, Finance)
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • City of Harker Heights (planning and development)


Internship Waiver


PAPP 5360 can be waived by newly admitted students and current students with at least one year of professional public sector work experience. To request a waiver:

1. Submit an Internship Waiver Form to the Graduate Advisor (kfield@uta.edu) with a signature and all necessary student information

2. Attach a professional resume, illustrating at least one year of professional experience of public sector work

3. Once approval or denial decision is made, the student will then be notified as to whether or not the internship course will be waived.


Applying for Internship Credit


Internships must be approved by the program. You must submit an Internship Agreement Form describing the duties and hours with a signature from the sponsor before registration for internship credit. At the end of the internship, you must complete and submit an Internship Report on their experiences and the sponsor must complete and submit an Internship Performance Evaluation verifying the internship requirements have been met. Both these forms must be submitted to the MPA Director by the end of the semester in order to receive credit and a grade.



Contact MPA Advisor: Karolyn Field - 817.272.5008 (kfield@uta.edu)