The Master of Public Administration with Leadership Emphasis is designed to provide both advanced theoretical perspectives and practical training for governmental, not-for-profit, and community development leaders, with special emphasis on theories and practices of public leadership. To accomplish this goal, the degree aims at two general audiences in the Permian Basin: traditional students with bachelor’s degrees looking for training to enter the public service and students already in a governmental or public organization seeking to further enhance their skills. This degree provides both audiences with leadership skills needed for community and economic development in the rural areas of West Texas, particularly those areas in the 17-county area served by the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission.
The objectives of this program are:
- To build a theoretical foundation and practical skills in leadership for public, community, and not-for- profit organizations.
- To develop an awareness of ethical issues in public service.
- To develop a comprehensive knowledge of the historical, social, political, and economic contexts within which public leaders work.
- To develop leadership and administrative skills in public policymaking, budgeting, and personnel.
The program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research through the faculty of Leadership Studies, Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Science.
Minimum standards for acceptance into the degree of Master of Public Administration with Leadership Emphasis are established by the Graduate Council and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. In addition, the Program Coordinator and Program Committee will assess Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores and letters of recommendation (see below) submitted in support of the student’s acceptance into the program for a final admittance decision.
In addition to the general requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, applicants for this program are required to submit three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation and potential in the areas of public and community service.
The Master of Public Administration degree consists of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. This degree requires a “common core” of eight courses, including 3 semester credit hours of internship for those students without significant public service experience (at least 2 years). Students in mid-career may, upon approval from the Program Coordinator, waive the internship and substitute another 3-semester credit hour course. The Master of Public Administration is a non-thesis degree.