Prepare for leadership and management roles in public and nonprofit organizations with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from UNT.

Develop professional skills in specialties like local government, nonprofits, emergency management, and public finance. Our alumni work across all levels of government, throughout the country and internationally. With a strong network of more than 1,400 alumni, our graduates have a job placement rate above 90%.

Earn your degree from the state’s top-ranked public administration master’s program for city management and urban policy, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Recent graduates are employed as:

  • City Manager
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Town Administrator
  • Chief of Police
  • Finance Director
  • Director of Human Resources

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • 100+ cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region
  • 30+ Public Safety and Emergency Management organizations
  • 50+ Special Districts
  • 80+ Private firms
  • State of Texas agencies
  • Federal government agencies
  • County government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations

Scholarships & more

The Department of Public Administration in UNT’s College of Health and Public Service offers about $100,000 in scholarships and research assistantships each year, including:

  • Charldean Newell MPA Award
  • MPA Alumni Scholarship
  • Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship

Your Academic Advisor

Graduate students are advised by department faculty. Program coordinator Brian Collins can help connect you with potential faculty advisors based on your unique interests.

Brian Collins, Ph.D.
Chair, Associate Professor and MPA Coordinator
  Chilton 204C

Public Administration

Founded in 1992, the Department of Public Administration is located in the College of Health and Public Service.

Today the department's ten faculty and five professional staff serve more than 350 majors in these three programs. Student-centered education is a hallmark of this dedicated faculty who take personal interest in every student's progress from the first day they enter and beyond graduation to their professional career.
 Chilton Hall 204