Simon Andrew, Associate Professor and Ph.D. Coordinator; Ph.D., Florida State University. Social network theory; interorganizational relations; metropolitan management.
Sudha Arlikatti, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Risk perceptions; household adjustments to earthquake hazards; cross-national comparisons of special populations in disasters.
Abraham D. Benavides, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Cleveland State University. Urban governance; local governmental management; human resource management; diversity issues.
Robert L. Bland, Professor and M.P.A. Program Coordinator; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. State and local tax policy; capital and operating budgeting; municipal debt management.
Brian Collins, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Local government management; policy implementation; intergovernmental relations.
Lisa A. Dicke, Professor; Ph.D., University of Utah. Nonprofit management; government management; organization theory; human resource management.
Hee Soun Jang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. Nonprofit management; human resource management; network theory.
Skip Krueger, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. State and local budgeting; public policy implementation; American political institutions; research methods.
Praveen Maghelal, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Urban planning; transportation planning; GIS; sustainable communities.
David McEntire, Professor; Ph.D., University of Denver. Emergency administration theory; disaster response; international disasters; community preparedness; homeland security.
Laura Siebeneck, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Utah. Hazard evacuation and re-entry; GIS and spatial analysis; risk perception and communications.
Gary R. Webb, Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Delaware. Organizational response to extreme events; improvisation in disaster response; social and economic impacts of disasters.
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 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. 20005-3517; 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 or urban management.
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.
You’ll have to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and fulfill the following program requirements:
Admission is determined using multiple criteria, including your academic performance and potential, and other materials. In some cases, we may request three letters of recommendation discussing your intellectual and leadership abilities, a written essay describing career objectives and explaining how the M.P.A. degree will help you meet those objectives, and a current résumé showing all work experience.
Applications are reviewed at various times during the year. Admission deadlines for the fall semester are Feb. 1, April 1 and May 15. The spring semester admission deadline is Dec. 1.
You’ll have to be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School® and submit the following materials to the program office:
We encourage you to complete the application process by Jan. 15 for fall admission. More information about graduate school and program admission requirements is available in the catalog.
If you don’t have government work experience, a paid internship allows you to apply classroom knowledge and develop professional skills for a successful career. Our internship coordinator will help you find an internship, but you’re responsible for developing the qualifications and interpersonal skills necessary for employment.
Additional information is available at the PACS website or in the Ph.D. Degree Program Handbook available from the Ph.D. program coordinator.
Several financial assistance options are available to you, and we recommend investigating them when applying to the program. Students who are not Texas residents and receive at least $1,000 a year in scholarships may be eligible for in-state tuition rates. The options include:
More information about financial support is available through the department or at the Financial Aid website.