The Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas prepares you for a leadership role in a public or nonprofit organization or for a career in academia. This is accomplished through an innovative curriculum leading to either a Master of Public Administration degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Administration and Management.
These programs offer you:
• The state’s best public administration (city management/urban policy) master’s program, according the U.S. News & World Report (It ranks 8th nationally.)
• Courses that focus on timely and critical topics such as city and county management, economic development and growth management, managing a nonprofit organization, and emergency and disaster planning, among others
• Faculty members who have professional, relevant work experience and are involved in a number of professional associations (They have also published numerous books and articles in leading journals.)
• Many opportunities for meaningful, hands-on research.
The M.P.A. program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, teaches time-tested management theories for real-world application. We have a strong network of more than 1,300 alumni and are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. This distinction means the program has met or exceeded high standards of excellence in education.
The doctoral program emphasizes developing new knowledge through research and theoretical inquiry. It has an emerging national reputation propelled by faculty members who are engaged in cutting-edge research. We offer specializations in emergency management, financial management, nonprofit management or urban management.
Several attractive scholarships are available to MPA students through the department including the Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships worth $27,000 and MPA Alumni Scholarships worth $1,000.