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Master of Public Administration Online

Complete Coursework: As few as 12 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $261 per credit hour

Achieve more with your MPA online.

The Master of Public Administration online degree is designed to help working professionals move up or make a shift into the public or nonprofit sector. Earning your MPA online through the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB)—part of the prestigious UT System – is the first step in maximizing the impact you have in your community. This flexible online degree program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need for management and director opportunities!

MPA Program Advantages at UTPB

  • Affordable tuition – just $9,396
  • No thesis or internship required
  • Accelerated, 100% online program
  • Earn your MPA in as few as 12 months
  • 8 week courses—6 starts per year

In our Master of Public Administration online degree program, you will develop competencies for public and nonprofit management and leadership in areas such as:

  • Ethics
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Human resources
  • Organizational design and administration
  • Public policy formation, implementation and evaluation
  • Analytical techniques

Learn from professionals

UTPB's online courses are taught by the same respected UTPB faculty members who teach on campus. MPA courses are generally taught by faculty with both a doctorate and substantial real world work experience. You'll find our faculty and staff are supportive and responsive to your needs. In fact, our online graduate degree programs earn high marks from U.S. News & World Report — #6 Student Services and Technology and #24 Student Engagement and Accreditation.

Make a difference

Upon graduating from UTPB's online MPA program, you will be prepared to tackle challenges in your community—and advance your career at the same time. Our graduates take on management and leadership roles in a variety of public and nonprofit sector organizations. Such organizations provide, plan, evaluate, fund, and/or regulate services in areas such as health care, criminal justice, human services, parks and recreation, transportation, economic development, public safety, the fine arts, and more.


To complete this Master of Public Administration program online:

You must complete 12 courses, totaling 36 hours, including 21 hours of core coursework and 15 hours of elective courses.

The UTPB MPA program requires proctoring in one or more courses during the program. This requirement allows students to take their exams with webcam and live remote proctoring at a cost of $22 per two hour exam or it can be met by coming to the UTPB campus in Odessa, Texas at a designated time. For more information regarding the proctoring requirements, please contact Dr. Hank Abrams at abrams_h@utpb.edu or 432-552-2342.


Online Courses


Core Courses

Theories and readings in public and nonprofit leadership and ethical issues facing public leaders.
Historical, theoretical, and practical applications of developments in public leadership, public policy, and public organizational theory.
Social science research and data analysis techniques and their practical application to issues in public and nonprofit administration.
Fundamental concepts, methods, and political/administrative processes of public sector budgeting in the United States (with a state and local emphasis).
Theories and practices of personnel administration in governmental agency and nonprofit organizational environment. Emphasis on civil service systems and volunteer-paid employee relationships.
Theories and practices in public policy agenda setting and formation, working with other policy actors, implementation of public policies, and policy evaluation.
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. Must be taken prior to third term of enrollment.

Additional options for EDUC 6305 course may be available.

Elective Courses

Note about elective courses: EDLD courses often allow MPAL students to do assignments and papers on the non-school settings in which they work. The concepts in EDLD courses are often applicable to non-school settings. MPAL students may (with the permission of the Coordinator) take up to two 4000 level courses for the degree. There are two 4000 level courses below that have been approved; others may be considered.

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.
Explores service areas such as health care, child welfare, and education (K-12). For each area, will consider structure (including intergovernmental aspects), funding, and selected policy and management issues.
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.
Effects of Federal and Texas law on processes of public school education and its relationship to school administrators. (Code of Ethics & Federal Programs.)
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.
Personnel management theory and research. Emphasizes skills in recruitment, selection, assignment, staff development, supervision and evaluation.
The systematic study of individual, team, and structural characteristics that influence behavior within organizations. Cross-cultural applications are discussed.
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.
Overview of the management concepts and issues related to the effective/efficient delivery of services in health care organizations (HCOs). Will introduce a wide range of managerial, policy, and other issues likely to be encountered in health care management.
Overview of the role of marketing in the healthcare industry. Will examine methods for designing healthcare systems responsive to patient needs, and for promoting and pricing of services. Issues relating to ethics and social responsibility in the marketing of healthcare services will be explored.
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