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The University of Texas at ArlingtonThe University of Texas at Arlington

City Cohort

City Cohort MPA 

The innovative city cohort program mixes daytime classes at city government locations (currently Grand Prairie and Arlington) with online learning.  The 39-hour program (with internship waiver) is tailored to city management and includes an emphasis in economic development and urban management.  Participating cities provide worktime for the onsite classes in UTA’s partnership with local governments.

Arlington City Hall building


City cohort students take one, eight-week class at a time with two in Fall and Spring terms and one in Summer. The last class, 5399 Capstone, is an applied group project and is sixteen weeks (unless Summer term and then eleven-weeks). Classes are Fridays, 3-6 PM onsite at city governments and rotate across participating cities. For example, the first course in a term may be at the City or Grand Prairie and the second at the City of Arlington. Online learning supplements the onsite classes (note: there are no required live online classes). For more general information about the UTA MPA, see our full program 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

Economic Development and Urban Management Emphasis

PAPP 5321 Urban Management
PAPP 5332 Capital Budgeting
PAPP 5334 Managing Economic Development

Contact MPA Advisor: Karolyn Field - 817.272.5008 (