MPA cohort program in partnership with the city of Fort Worth

Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021


The University of Texas at Arlington’s Fort Worth Center is now offering a Master of Public Administration (MPA) cohort program in partnership with the city of Fort Worth this semester.

Thirty-four city of Fort Worth employees will spend three years learning together in the program. David Coursey, chair and associate professor of the Department of Public Affairs and Planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, said UTA is committed to developing innovative programs that better serve community members.

“There are a lot of strengths to the cohort format,” said Michael Wollman, interim director of UTA Fort Worth. “It’s a true strength that they all share their professional experiences, challenges and realities of current duties. They will be able to build a strong rapport with one another and experience growth that can benefit themselves individually and the city of Fort Worth.”

Fernando Costa, Fort Worth assistant city manager, said the city wanted to offer this program to its employees because it knew the payoff would be worthwhile. Under the program, the city pays for part of the cost of taking the MPA coursework.

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