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 1,500 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.
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.
You'll have to meet the admission requirements for the 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. Admissions for the fall and spring semesters are ongoing.
You'll have to be admitted to the graduate school and submit the following materials to the program office:
More information about graduate school and program admission requirements may be found 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 our 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 aren't 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 from the department or at the financial aid website.
Simon Andrew, Associate Professor and Ph.D. Coordinator; Ph.D., Florida State University. Social network theory; interorganizational relations; metropolitan management.
Abraham D. Benavides, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Cleveland State University. Urban governance; local governmental management; human resource management; diversity issues.
Robert L. Bland, Endowed Professor of Local Government; 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.