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Masters in Public Policy and Management "Opening Doors to the Future in Public Service"

Description of the Program

The Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) is designed to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality graduate education to prepare students for, or advance them in, careers in leadership and management in public service.  The University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  Faculty, staff and students are committed to attaining full accreditation status from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration (NASPAA).
Mission Statement
The MPPM degree program is designed to provide the Rio Grande Valley region, the state of Texas, and the United States with high quality professional public servants and leaders.
The University of Texas at Brownsville Information
The University of Texas at Brownsville is the newest and fastest growing component of the University of Texas System, located in tropical South Texas, 25 miles from South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico, and right on the US-Mexico border.  The University is committed to sustained growth, while the Master of Public Policy and Management Program is a major component of this growth and the University’s involvement in the local and global Community.
A Seal of Excellence: The University of Texas System
The University of Texas system is composed of 15 institutions of higher education, including major research universities, comprehensive universities, comprehensive health science institutions, and specialized hospitals.  The core commitment of The University of Texas System is to education as a life-transforming experience. The UT System is dedicated to the strengthening of the entire education enterprise, from pre-kindergarten through post-graduate studies. Its 15 institutions are composed of thousands of people who are making a difference in Texas and in the global community.
MPPM 36 Semester Hour Program
The Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) is designed to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality graduate education to prepare or advance students in careers of leadership and management in public service. The MPPM has a dual-purpose mission: (1) to train students in areas of public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation, and (2) to train students in the use of current tools and techniques of public management.  Additionally, graduates will be encouraged to gain valuable policy analysis/public management skills through exposure to public sector applications in a number of cognate areas, such as Community and Economic Development, Health Care Policy, Criminal Justice, Environmental Policy, International and Development Policy, and Non Profit Management.
Required Courses: 36 hour
(Professional Report option or Thesis option)
The Master of Public Policy and Management is composed of 30-33 credit hours in core and elective (policy, management, and cognate) courses. In addition, students must complete a thesis (6 hours) or a professional report (3 hours) to gain credit for this 36 hour program. Graduation from this program, therefore, is contingent on the completion of required core courses based on NASPAA recommendations, elective (policy analysis/public management, related cognate area) courses, and professional report or thesis courses.
Required Core Courses: 18 hours:
PPAM 6301 Principles of Public Administration
PPAM 6302 Public Policy Analysis
PPAM 6303 Public Budgeting & Finance
PPAM 6305 Leadership and Ethics
PPAM 6306 Public Human Resource Management
PPAM 6307 Research Methods
Electives: Policy Analysis, Public Management, and cognate area elective courses: (Professional Report option, 15 elective credits required; Thesis option, 12 elective hours)
PPAM Electives
PPAM 6304 Theories of Public Organization
PPAM 6308 International & Comparative Policy & Management
PPAM 6309 Qualitative Methods in Public Policy 
PPAM 6310 Seminar in Community & Economic Development
PPAM 6311 Urban Policy, Planning and Management
PPAM 6312 Intergovernmental Relations
PPAM 6340 Seminar in International and Developmental
                Policy and Management
PPAM 6341 Cases in Public Policy & Management
PPAM 6370 Seminar in Health Care Policy & Management
PPAM 6376 Administrative Law
PPAM 6380 Current Issues in Public Policy & Management
PPAM 6381 Public Policies in the Mexico-U.S Border Region
PPAM 7311 & 7312 Internship (3 hours)

PPAM Non-Profit

PPAM 6360 Non-Profit Policy & Management
PPAM 6361 Non-Profit Governance
PPAM 6363 Financial & Strategic Planning Issues for Non-Profits
PPAM 6369 Legal Issues of Non-Profit

PPAM Environmental

PPAM 6320 Environmental Policy and Management
Government
GOVT 6310 Seminar and Problems in Political Science
GOVT 6368 Public Law
Other Courses (with MPPM Coordinator Approval):
Health Care Policy and Management

SOCI 6324 Problems of U.S. Health Care System
SOCI 6373 Problems of Aging in U.S. and World Societies
International and Developmental Policy and Management

BLAW 6305 Comparative Business Law
BUSI 6380 International Business
HIST 6314 Seminar and Studies in Mexico and the Borderlands
HIST 6330 Seminar and Studies in European History
SOCI 6373 Problems of Aging in U.S. and World Societies
Community and Economic Development

ECON 6301 Business Economics
ECON 6351 Economics Seminar

Criminal Justice Policy and Management

CRIJ 6301 Criminal Justice System
CRIJ 6302 Crime, Criminal Behavior, and Criminology
CRIJ 6304 Law, Courts and Criminal Procedure
CRIJ 6308 Juvenile Justice System
CRIJ 6311 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

Other Electives Not Listed-as approved by MPPM Advisor
Professional Report/Thesis: Minimum 3-6 credits

PPAM 7303 Professional Report (3 hours) or
PPAM 7301 & 7302 Thesis (6 hours)
Summary of Credit Hours:                Prof. Report   Thesis
Required Courses                                      18                  18
Elective courses                                        15                  12
Prof. Report/Thesis Credit                          3                   6
                                                            ____              ____
                                                               36                 36
Course Rotation
Updated January 2014 On-line
Spring 2014:
PPAM 6301 – Principles of Public Administration*;
PPAM 6303 – Public Budgeting & Finance*;
PPAM 6305 – Leadership & Ethics*;
PPAM 6340 – Seminar in International and Developmental Policy & Management;
PPAM 6381 – Public Policies in the Mexico-US Border Region;
Fall 2014:
PPAM 6302 – Public Policy Analysis*;
PPAM 6306 – Public Human Resource Management (HRM)*;
PPAM 6307 – Research Methods*;
PPAM 6308 – International & Comparative Policy & Management*;
PPAM 6311 – Urban Policy, Planning & Management;
Spring 2015:
PPAM 6301 – Principles of Public Administration*;
PPAM 6303 – Public Budgeting & Finance*;
PPAM 6305 – Leadership & Ethics*;
PPAM 6310 – Seminar in Community & Economic Development;
PPAM 6380 – Current Issues in Public Policy & Management;
* Constitutes a core course in the MPPM Program.  Elective courses may be offered in the Summer sessions but are not usually not designated here.
For more information and course descriptions go to:
Master in Public Policy and Management
Program Flexibility and Strength
The program is designed to enable professionals to pursue their graduate education.  Current students often bring years of experience in public administration or community engagement to the graduate courses and seminars, enriching the learning with their own views and implementation of issues studied in the academic setting.  An internship and a policy oriented thesis ensure that graduates get strong chances in very competitive job markets in the public sector.
For Additional Information:
Dr. Terence M. Garrett, Graduate Program Coordinator
MO Building, Rm. 1.126; One West University
Brownsville TX 78520
Phone: (956) 882 8825
Fax: (956) 882 8893
E-mail: Terence.Garrett@utb.edu
Office of Graduate Studies
Champion Hall, 1st Floor
University of Texas at Brownsville
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville TX 78520
Phone: (956) 882 6552
Fax: (956) 882 7279
Web:
http://www.utb.edu/vpaa/graduate/Pages/GraduatePrograms.aspx
E-mail:
graduate.school@utb.edu
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