Master of Public Administration

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Quick Facts

24 Months

39 Credit Hours

$16,575 Tuition

About the Program

UT Arlington's Master of Public Administration provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue management careers in public services at all levels of government, non-profit and even in businesses such as consulting firms. The program focuses on some of the special challenges faced by managers who serve in urban areas.

Students should refer to the course syllabi for textbook information.

Please note that textbook requirements may be subject to change.


The UT Arlington MPA program offers an exciting opportunity to intern for one semester to gain public sector professional experience. The internship is required for individuals with less than 1 year of professional public sector work experience. The internship may be waived if you meet the criteria outlined in the internship waiver section.

This internship course is designed for students to earn 3 credit hours for completing a one semester long internship leading to public sector professional experience. There are no prerequisites that must be met before entering an internship or enrolling in URPA 5360, therefore you can immediately begin an internship within their first semester and thereafter.

Applying for Internship Credit

Internships must be approved by the program. You must submit an Internship Agreement Form describing the duties and hours with a signature from the sponsor before registration for internship credit. At the end of the internship, you must complete and submit an Internship Report on their experiences and the sponsor must complete and submit an Internship Performance Evaluation verifying the internship requirements have been met. Both these forms must be submitted to the MPA Director by the end of the semester in order to receive credit and a grade.

  1. Internship Agreement (.pdf)
  2. Intern Performance Evaluation (.pdf)
  3. Internship Report (.pdf)

Internship Waiver

URPA 5360 (Internship) can be waived by newly admitted students and current students who have previously earned at least 1 year of professional public sector work experience. The procedure that must be followed by every student wishing to pursue the waiver is as follows:

  1. Submit an Internship Waiver Form to your Graduate Advisor with signature and all necessary information
  2. Attach a professional resume, illustrating at least one year of professional experience of public sector work
  3. Once approval or denial decision is made, you will then be notified as to whether or not the URPA 5360 – Internship course will be waived.

Accreditation Information


Our Master of Public Administration Program is certified by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The University of Texas at Arlington is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Texas at Arlington.

To find out more, contact an enrollment specialist at 866-489-2810.

The UT Arlington MPA degree program is ranked in the top 75 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.

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