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MPA Program Overview

Our online Master of Public Administration program is designed to help students enter into or advance their current careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. As you progress through the program, you’ll learn how to address organizational issues and policy questions in a practical, competent, ethical, legal and politically savvy manner, with the overarching goal of supporting the public interest. Graduates of our program go on to apply their expertise in a wide range of fields including healthcare, public safety, economic development, human services, criminal justice, parks and recreation, fine arts, and transportation. Our convenient online format allows you to complete studies on your own schedule and earn your degree in as little as one year.

UT Permian Basin’s online MPA program enables you to:

  • Refine a variety of practical skills.
  • Identify and address ongoing challenges in public administration.
  • Gain a respected, career-enhancing credential.
  • Prepare for rewarding leadership roles.
  • Move into or between the public and nonprofit sectors.

Our program provides tremendous advantages, including:

  • Elective courses that allow you to gear your studies toward your specific area of interest.
  • Competitive pricing for a cost-effective education.
  • A top-quality education delivered by supportive faculty.
  • Core faculty members with extensive practical experience in public and/or nonprofit service.
  • No thesis or internship requirement.
  • A 100% online format.
  • Eight-week courses.
  • Six start dates throughout the year.
  • Degree completion in as little as 12 months.
Required Courses

21 Credits. The online MPAL courses explicitly listed in the plan immediately below are all required core courses that are part of the current standard schedule or “carousel” as shown. In addition to the current standard schedule, a few of the MPAL core courses (MPAL 6301, MPAL 6302, and MPAL6320) are presently offered twice per year.

Courses
Duration
Credits
MPAL 6302 - Organizational Leadership and Administration
8 weeks
3
Historical, theoretical, and practical applications of developments in public leadership, public policy, and public organizational theory.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021 Spring B 2022 Fall A 2022
MPAL 6301 - Public Leadership and Ethics
8 weeks
3
Theories and readings in public and nonprofit leadership and ethical issues facing public leaders.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Summer A 2022 Fall B 2022
MPAL 6320 - Leadership and Public Policy
8 weeks
3
Theories and practices in public policy agenda setting and formation, working with other policy actors, implementation of public policies, and policy evaluation.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer B 2022
EDUC 6305 - Research Design in Education and the Social Sciences
8 weeks
3
This course is designed to acquaint students with how research is conducted in the fields of education and the social sciences. Students will select and evaluate research findings within their fields and learn how to design their own research studies.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer B 2022 Fall A 2022 Spring B 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring B 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Fall A 2024 Spring B 2025 Whole Summer 2025 Fall A 2025
MPAL 6303 - Analytical Techniques
8 weeks
3
Social science research and data analysis techniques and their practical application to issues in public and nonprofit administration.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022
MPAL 6305 - Public Personnel Administration
7 weeks
3
Theories and practices of personnel administration in governmental agency and nonprofit organizational environments. Emphasis on civil service systems and volunteer-paid employee relationships.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2022
MPAL 6304 - Public Budgeting
7 weeks
3
Fundamental concepts, methods, and political/administrative processes of public sector budgeting in the United States (with a state and local emphasis).
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
Elective Courses

15 Credits. Regarding electives, students may choose from a variety of courses offered by MPAL and other programs at UTPB (e.g., the MBA program, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program, and others). Selection of electives is subject to review by the MPAL coordinator to ensure appropriateness. See example courses below. Other UTPB courses from the catalog may be acceptable as electives. A few of the elective courses listed below indicate a prerequisite. This does not apply to Master of Public Administration students.

Courses
Duration
Credits
MPAL 6380 - Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
8 weeks
3
Examines fundamental issues, principles, and tools of financial management for government and nonprofit organizations. Explores accounting concepts, basic financial statements, and key financial analysis techniques.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
MPAL 6381 - Issues in Health and Human Services Policy and Management
8 weeks
3
Explores service areas such as healthcare, child welfare, and education (K-12). For each area, will consider structure (including intergovernmental aspects), funding, and selected policy and management issues.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Fall B 2022
EDLD 6365 - School Public Relations
8 weeks
3
An analysis of school public relations from a perspective of communication and collaboration with all community constituents and responding to diverse interests and needs to promote student success.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall A 2021 Summer B 2022 Fall A 2022 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024
EDLD 6361 - School Law
8 weeks
3
Effects of Federal and Texas law on processes of public school education and its relationship to school administrators. (Code of Ethics & Federal Programs.)
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Fall A 2022 Spring B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring B 2024
EDUC 6302 - Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences
8 weeks
3
This course gives candidates the opportunity to develop cultural diversity competence in order to face challenges in education and the social sciences. Research and reflection are emphasized.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025
EDLD 6369 - School Human Resources Management
8 weeks
3
Personnel management theory and research. Emphasizes skills in recruitment, selection, assignment, staff development, supervision, and evaluation.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022 Spring B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring B 2024
MNGT 6360 - Organizational Behavior
8 weeks
3
The systematic study of individual, team, and structural characteristics that influence behavior within organizations. Cross-cultural applications are discussed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6310 - Marketing Management
8 weeks
3
An analysis of the customer/market relationships with the company in an open market system characterized by the presence of strong competition within a very fluid business environment. Managerial decision making with this matrix will be stressed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MNGT 4331 - Healthcare Management
8 weeks
3
This course engages students in an overview of the management concepts and issues related to the effective/efficient delivery of services in healthcare organizations (HCOs). Students will be introduced to a wide range of managerial, policy, and other issues that they are likely to encounter in healthcare management. The course prerequisite is not applicable to Master of Public Administration students.
Prerequisites: MNGT 3310 - Management Concepts and Organizational Theory
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022
MRKT 4335 - Healthcare Marketing
8 weeks
3
This course provides an overview of the role of marketing in the healthcare industry. It will examine the methods for designing healthcare systems responsive to patient needs and the promoting and pricing of healthcare services. Issues relating to ethic and social responsibility in the marketing of healthcare services will be studied.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
MPAL 6382 - Innovation in Public & Nonprofit Organizations
8 weeks
3
Will explore innovative tools and practices in the public and nonprofit sectors, including innovative collaboration, performance measurement, and the use of the social media to engage the public and to improve service delivery.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021 Fall A 2022

MPA Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 credits of undergraduate work
  • One of the following:
    • Equivalent of three or more years of full-time professional work experience, or
    • GRE scores of 295 (verbal and quantitative combined)
  • Three letters of recommendation


Conditional Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements below, factors such as extensive professional work experience, completion of graduate courses, and relevant volunteer work will also be considered.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.50-2.99 in last 60 credits of undergraduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores of 287-294
  • Other evidence (at least one of the following):
    • Completion of graduate courses
    • Current or previous professional service in governmental, public service, nonprofit, or for-profit organizations

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu. Official hard copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope to our Office of Admissions and should be mailed to this address:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

Social Sciences Department Chair
Associate Professor
Master of Public Administration Program Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
abrams_h@utpb.edu

Dr. Abrams came to UT Permian Basin in 2008 for a second career in academia after working for years in managerial roles for a variety of public and nonprofit agencies in New York City and Boston. His service areas included child welfare, emergency medical services, mental health, education, and social services. He completed a doctorate in public administration from New York University in 1991. Dr. Abrams has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Public Performance and Management Review, the Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Resuscitation. His research centers on performance management, improving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates, and issues in healthcare system policy and management.

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
hijal_i@utpb.edu

Dr. Hijal-Moghrabi has been teaching at UT Permian Basin since 2016. She earned her PhD in public affairs from UT Dallas and a BA and MA in public administration from the American University of Beirut. She has been a financial controller responsible for promoting proper budget execution by diverse national public agencies in Lebanon. Her research interests include innovation and change, performance management, performance budgeting, government ethics, organizational stress, and other human resource management-related issues. Dr. Hijal-Moghrabi’s scholarly work has appeared in Administration & Society, Public Administration Quarterly, Public Performance & Management Review, Public Organization Review, Public Integrity, and Review of Public Personnel Administration.

Assistant Professor
Political Science Program Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
mcmichael_t@utpb.edu  

Dr. McMichael received his PhD from Texas Tech University in 2015. He is an expert in game theory, empirical modeling (econometrics), and public policy. Dr. McMichael has published in journals including the Japanese Journal of Political Science and Asian Survey and co-authored the forthcoming book Toxic Chemicals in America: Policies, Trends, and Controversies in Public and Environmental Health.

We’re pleased to offer program admission on a rolling basis.

Rolling admission refers to our process of accepting and evaluating applications as we receive them and moving any applications that miss the deadline to the next semester. However, if you want to enroll in courses for a specific semester, you will need to make note of the application deadlines found below. If you don’t complete your application and submit the required materials by the deadline, your application will be rolled over to the next semester. 

LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Summer A5/10/216/25/214/26/215/3/214/1/215/12/215/7/216/4/21
Summer B6/28/218/12/216/14/216/21/214/1/216/30/216/25/217/23/21
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Fall A8/23/2110/15/218/9/218/16/214/1/218/25/218/20/219/24/21
Fall B10/18/2112/10/2110/4/2110/11/214/1/2110/18/2110/15/2111/19/21
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Spring A1/10/223/4/2212/27/211/3/2211/1/211/12/221/7/222/11/22
Spring B3/14/225/6/222/28/223/7/2211/1/213/16/223/11/224/15/22
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