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College of Liberal Arts
Kelly Hall, RM 216
(915) 747-5879

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree provides professional education for students interested in public-service careers. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the interdisciplinary program is designed to stress the knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors essential to the successful public servant. Some flexibility in curriculum is permitted to meet the diverse educational needs of pre-service and in-career students, changing-career students, and students in different career specialties in public administration. The curriculum components are designed to produce professionals capable of intelligent and creative analysis, communication, and action in the public sector context.

Basic Requirements for Admission to the MPA Program

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  3. A three- to five-page statement of purpose that addresses educational and career goals and reasons for pursuing an MPA degree.
  4. Three academic or professional letters of recommendation. At least one academic letter of recommendation is preferred.
  5. For international students, a score of 550 on the TOEFL and an in-person or telephone interview.

Specific Requirements for the MPA Degree

Completion of at least 36 semester hours of core coursework consisting of the following:

  1. At least 21 hours of courses including PAD 5302, PAD 5300, PAD 5310 , PAD 5311, PAD 5351, PAD 5365, and your choice of one from PAD 5350, PAD 5352, or PAD 5353 (detailed in the degree plan).  Selected MBA core courses may be substituted for MPA core courses, depending on course offerings by each program.  Advance approval by the MPA coordinator is required for substitution.
  2. Completion of an additional 15 hours of approved courses, which can be in the following areas of concentration: Homeland Security, Public Policy and Management, Leadership, and Urban and Regional Planning.   No more than 6 hours of electives can be at the undergraduate level in courses approved for graduate-level credit.
  3. The final program requirement is the completion of one of the following: the capstone course, PAD 5367 Comprehen Integration/Pub Adm (3 semester credit hours), or a thesis (six semester credit hours).  The final program requirement is not included in either the 21 hours of core requirements, but is included in the 15 hours of courses in the area of concentration.
  4. Three semester credit hours of PAD 5366 Internship in Public Admin, are required as part of the 15 hours of courses in the area of concentration, for students who do not possess significant administrative experience.

Concentrations

  • Homeland Security
  • Leadership
  • Public Policy Management
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Degree Plan

Master of Public Administration with Concentration

Core for the MPA Degree (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Rrequired Courses:
PAD 5300Intro to Research Methods3
PAD 5302The Public Adm Profession3
PAD 5310Pub. Policy Process & Institut3
PAD 5311Econ Anal for Public Admin3
PAD 5351Applied Stats for Public Admin3
PAD 5365Pol Anal & Decision Making3
Elective:
Select one from the following:3
Organization Theory & Behavior
Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt
Human Resources Management
Thesis Option:
Select one from the following:3
Comprehen Integration/Pub Adm
Thesis
Concentration
Select one concentration9
Total Hours33

Concentration in Homeland Security

Homeland Security (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Concentration Requirement:
INSS 5302Sem in Intel & Nat'l Security3
or PAD 5340 Pro-Seminar-Homeland Security
Electives:
Select two courses from the following: 16
Legal Issues/Intel & Nat Sec
PAD 5350Organization Theory & Behavior3
PAD 5352Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt3
Qual Rsrch Methods for Pub Adm
PAD 5353Human Resources Management3
Pro-Seminar-Homeland Security
Risk Analysis
Crime and Border Security
Emergency Management
Public Hlth & Hmland Security
Critical Infrastructure Protec
Criminal Justice Admin.
Intergovernmental Relations
Total Hours9
1

PAD 5340 Pro-Seminar-Homeland Security, PAD 5350 Organization Theory & Behavior, PAD 5352 Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt, PAD 5353 Human Resources Management may be included if not counted in the required core above.

Concentration in Leadership

Leadership (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Electives:
Select three courses from the following: 19
Organizational Communication
Contemp Concepts of Leadership
Qual Rsrch Methods for Pub Adm
Organization Theory & Behavior
Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt
Human Resources Management
Admin. Ethics & Responsibility
Pub Part & Democratic Process
Total Hours9
1

PAD 5350 Organization Theory & Behavior, PAD 5352 Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt, PAD 5353 Human Resources Management may be included if not counted in the required core above.

Concentration in Public Policy Management

Public Policy & Management (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Electives:
Select three courses from the following: 19
Qual Rsrch Methods for Pub Adm
Innovation and Problem Solving
Organization Theory & Behavior
Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt
Human Resources Management
Admin Law and Regulation
Soc Entrepren & Not/Prof Mgmt
Admin. Ethics & Responsibility
Urban Administration
Intergovernmental Relations
Pub Part & Democratic Process
Selected Problems in Pub Adm
Total Hours9
1

PAD 5350 Organization Theory & Behavior, PAD 5352 Public Budgeting & Financ Mgmt, PAD 5353 Human Resources Management may be included if not counted in the required core above.

Concentration in Urban & Regional Planning

Urban & Regional Planning (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Policy and Administration:
Select three courses from the following:9
Qual Rsrch Methods for Pub Adm
Regional and Urban Planning
Urban Administration
Intergovernmental Relations
Pub Part & Democratic Process
Selected Problems in Pub Adm
Total Hours9

DIRECTOR: Dr. Bradley S. Chilton

Professors

Bradley Stewart Chilton 
Contact Information: bschilton@utep.edu; 915-747-5016
Education: BA, Milton College; JD, University of Toledo College of law; MA, University of Toledo; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph D, University of Georgia

Joao Ricardo Faria 
Contact Information: rfaria2@utep.edu; 915-747-8938
Education: BA, University of Brasilia; BA, University of Brasilia; MA, University of Brasilia; Ph D, University of Kent at Canterbury

J S. McDonald 
Contact Information: jmcdonald2@utep.edu; 915-747-5557
Education: Ph D, Northern Illinois University; MS, Northern Illinois University; BS, Northern Illinois University

Associate Professors

John Bretting 
Contact Information: jbretting@utep.edu; 915-747-7974
Education: Ph D, University of Houston

Assistant Professors

Ljubinka Andonoska
Contact Information: landonoska@utep.edu; 915-747-7132
Education: BA, Faculty of Economics, St. Ciril & Methodij; MA, Arizona State University; Ph D, Arizona State University