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2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration, MPA


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Administrative Unit

The program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, the Department of Social Sciences, and the College of Arts and Science.

Educational Objectives

The Master of Public Administration is designed to provide both advanced theoretical perspectives and practical training for governmental, not-for-profit, and community development leaders, with special emphasis on theories and practices of public leadership. To accomplish this goal, the degree aims at two general audiences: traditional students with bachelor’s degrees looking for training to enter the public service and students already in a governmental or public organization seeking to further enhance their skills.

The objectives of this program are:

  1. To build a theoretical foundation and practical skills in leadership for public, community, and not-for-profit organizations.
  2. To develop an awareness of ethical issues in public service.
  3. To develop a comprehensive knowledge of the historical, social, political, and economic contexts within which public leaders work.
  4. To develop leadership and administrative skills in public policymaking, budgeting, and personnel.

Admission Requirements

Minimum standards for acceptance into the degree of Master of Public Administration with Leadership Emphasis are established by the Graduate Council and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. In addition, the Program Coordinator and Program Committee will assess test scores and additional materials (see below) submitted in support of the student’s acceptance into the program for a final admittance decision.

In addition to the general requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, applicants for this program are required to submit three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation and potential in the areas of public and community service.

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • GRE Scores of 295 (verbal and quantitative combined) or above OR the equivalent of three or more years of full-time professional experience in public, nonprofit, or for-profit organizations
  • Three letters of recommendation

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours
  • GRE Scores of 287 - 294 (verbal and quantitative combined)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
  • Completion of Graduate Courses
  • Current or previous professional service in governmental, public service, non-profit, or for for-profit organizations

The final decision regarding admission will be made by the Public Administration Leadership Coordinator.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Administration degree consists of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. This degree requires a “common core” of seven courses.

In addition to the general requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research – completion of an accredited bachelor’s degree and completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), applicants for this program are required to submit three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from person who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation and potential in the areas of public and community service.  The GRE may be wavied as noted in the set of criteria for Regular Admission.

The Master of Public Administration is a non-thesis degree.

Required Courses


Candidates for the Master of Public Administration degree must complete 36 credits of graduate work.

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