• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Public Administration programme offered by University of Texas Arlington is concerned with the formulation, analysis, negotiation, and implementation of democratically responsible collective action. 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.

About

The Public Administration programme offered by University of Texas Arlington is designed to develop leadership capacity, understanding of the political, social, and economic characteristics of today’s urban environment and the ability to apply current theories of management and analysis to difficult management issues. The program is meant as preparation for those entering management careers in government for the first time or as career development for those already employed who are seeking upward mobility in public management.

Those seeking admission to the MPA program can choose between two program options:

  • courses taught on campus primarily during the evening hours; and
  • courses taught online.

Applicants who choose the on-campus option may plan their courses to include the requirements of certificate programs such as Urban Nonprofit Management or Public Budgeting and Financial Management.

The mission of the Master’s 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.

Accreditation

The MPA degree at the School of Urban and Public Affairs is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and the curriculum conforms to NASPAA standards.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis 
  • Local Politics in the Intergovernmental Setting 
  • Public and Non-profit Organization Theory 
  • Public Budgeting 
  • Financial Management in the Public and Non-profit Services 
  • Evaluation Research 
  • Introduction to Public Administration 
  • Human Resource Management in Government and Non-profits 
  • Ethics in the Public Service 
  • Public Administration Capstone

                                  Detailed Programme Facts

                                  • Programme intensity

                                    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                    Full-time
                                    • Full-time duration 24 months
                                    Part-time
                                    • Intensity Flexible
                                  • Credits
                                    39-42 alternative credits
                                  • Languages
                                    • English
                                  • Delivery mode
                                    On Campus, Online
                                  • More information Go to the programme website

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                  • Minimum required score:

                                    79

                                    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                                  • Minimum required score:

                                    550

                                    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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                                  • Minimum required score:

                                    6.5

                                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  You need the following GPA score:

                                  Required score: 3

                                  Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                  Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

                                    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:

                                    150

                                    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

                                    141

                                    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

                                    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

                                  A complete application includes:

                                  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.
                                  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA): The undergraduate GPA based on the last 60 hours of course work as calculated by the Graduate Admissions from the official transcript.
                                  • Letters of Recommendation attesting to the applicant’s potential to do Master’s-level work and complete the program. Letters for Master’s programs should be from professors or supervisors at work.
                                  • Essay by applicant approximately one double-spaced page in length (approximately 250 words).
                                  • Non-native English speakers only: TOEFL or IELTS scores.

                                  Tuition Fee

                                  • International

                                    21026 USD/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 21026 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                  • National

                                    20796 USD/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 20796 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                  • In-State

                                    9698 USD/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 9698 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                                  Living costs for Texas City

                                  • 882 - 1640 USD/month
                                    Living Costs

                                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                                  Funding

                                  There are several different types of scholarships available to you at UTA. Our general academic scholarships are based on academic performance and available to new students pursing their first baccalaureate degree. You can find additional scholarships such as designated, departmental, private, and need-based scholarships through our scholarship system, MavScholarshop.

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