In the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas, we prepare you for leadership roles in public or nonprofit organizations or for a career in academia.
This is accomplished through an innovative curriculum leading to a Master of Public Administration degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Administration and Management.
Our programs offer you:
- The state's best public administration master's program (city management and urban policy), according to U.S. News & World Report (The program 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 many professional associations (They've also published numerous books and articles in leading journals.)
- Many opportunities for meaningful, hands-on research
Gain new perspectives
The M.P.A. program teaches you time-tested management theories for real-world application. We have a strong network of more than 1,400 alumni and are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (1029 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 1100; Washington, D.C. 20005; telephone 202-628-8965). This distinction means the program meets or exceeds 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 engaged in cutting-edge research. We offer specializations in emergency management, financial management, nonprofit management and urban management.
Outstanding student support
Our faculty members sponsor a monthly Public Administration Colloquium Series that engages students in a vigorous discussion of current research and competing viewpoints on public administration issues. The Public Administration Student Association and the Ph.D. Student Association provide networking opportunities and insightful discussions.
UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including Master's and Dissertation Boot Camps. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.