University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

MPA logoThe online Master of Public Administration (MPA) offered through the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is a non-thesis program designed to provide students with the skills needed for effective public leadership, including planning and decision making; managing people, resources and programs; and representing the public interest in the highest ethical traditions. It also provides students with an in-depth understanding of the urban community in its social, economic and political context. The MPA serves the educational needs of both those currently employed in public-service positions looking to upgrade their skills and advance their careers and those who are preparing for management careers in government at the city, state and federal levels.

image of woman reading documentsThe MPA online program provides a convenient, flexible way for working professionals or recent graduates to earn their MPA degree, regardless of their schedule or location, without sacrificing academic quality. The Online MPA is offered predominantly using the Internet, but may include supplemental materials such as video/audio tapes and CD-ROM. Students will not be required to attend the campus at any time. The Online MPA program allows each student the opportunity to design their own emphasis area, by choosing three electives beyond the 10 required core courses. Best Buy logo ranks the MPA Online program #11 on its Best Buy list in the category of Most Affordable Online Masters of Public Administration.


Link to a listing of the courses required for the program. To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select Public Administration (MPA) from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institutions and Advisor

Degree-Granting Institution

UT Arlington

Karolyn Field

Academic Advisor II

(817) 272-3340

Degree Awarded: Master of Public Administration
Campus Program Information

Institutions Contributing Courses

UT El Paso

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many credits are required to complete the program?
    The program will consist of 39 credits of coursework, plus a three-credit internship for students without public service work experience. Courses are subdivided into three categories:
    • Core Courses (30 credits);
    • an Emphasis Area (9 credits); and
    • a Capstone Project (3 credits).
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTA for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees, and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • Will I have to visit the campus at any time?
    Students will not be required to attend the campus at any time. The MPA degree will be offered predominantly using the Internet, but may include supplemental materials such as video/audio tapes and CD-ROM. The program is designed to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students.
  • How can I find more information?
    Contact the advisor listed above if you have additional questions.

Getting Started

To participate in the online MPA program, you must apply to and be accepted by UT Arlington. Criteria and procedures for admission are the same as the traditional residence program and are listed on the School of Urban and Public Affairs website. Application materials can also be requested on the same page. Please refer to the UT Arlington Academic Calendar for a schedule of admissions and registration deadlines.

Link to Enrollment Services for additional information on registration and course access.