Specialization

Electives

Three courses are required and chosen in consultation with advisor. Electives will be tailored to the students’ specialty needs and career goals using an inter-disciplinary approach across UH departments.

The elective curriculum is complemented by nine hours (three courses) in the students’ area of specialization. The specialization courses are chosen by the student and must be approved by the program director.

Early in the second year of the program students are required to submit a formal statement of specialization to the MPA Director. This statement should describe the specialization and the three courses, which will be used to fulfill the requirements. Electives will be tailored to the students’ specialty needs and career goals using an inter-disciplinary approach across UH departments such as: Political Science, Business, Psychology, Economics, Law, Social Work, Architecture, Engineering and Sociology.

Elective courses can be taken from UT health science center and Rice University through inter-institutional arrangements.

Certified Public Manager Program

6 elective credit hours will be given for new students graduating from the CPM Program

List of Specializations

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Specialization courses can be taken in a variety of colleges throughout the University including Business, Social Work, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Computer Sciences, Architecture, Engineering and Law Center.

Students can combine the universal electives and the recommended courses under each area of specialization.

Universal Elective Courses (examples)

  • Policy Track

Oil & Gas Policy and Administration Specialization

  • PETR 5361: Introduction to petroleum engineering
  • PETR 5364: Origin and Development of Oil and Gas Reservoirs
  • PETR 6310: Petroleum Production Economics

Healthcare Policy and Administration Specialization

Public Management (local/State/Federal) Specialization

Emergency Management

Non-profit Organizational Management Specialization

Educational Policy and Administration Specialization

  • CUST 6311: Edu-Multicultrl Society
  • ELCS 6360: Public School Law
  • ELCS 8355: Policy, Politics, and Governance of Education
  • SOC 6360: Sociology of Urban Education

Environment Policy and Administration Specialization

Urban Planning Specialization

Other PA and Policy Specializations

  • Consult with the MPA Director