Undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Policy and Political Economy prepare students for a range of jobs in government, law, business, research and academia.

Students in the program gain analytical, evaluation, research and writing skills and can build additional expertise in areas such as geospatial information sciences through interdisciplinary coursework. Graduate students in PPPE are highly trained in advanced statistical methods. Our graduates work in a variety of positions in the federal government, the World Bank and Fortune 500 corporations and have been admitted to many of the nation’s top law schools.

Students have access to opportunities to pursue internships and fellowships such as The Archer Center , study aboard and receive assistance to prepare for acceptance to law school through the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center. One of only five political economy PhD programs in the nation, our distinguished faculty includes a member of the National Academy of Sciences, winners of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, and leaders in the field whose research is regularly published in leading academic journals.



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Mary Elbanna BA’16, MPP’16

Mary Elbanna BA ‘16, MPP ‘16, chief of staff for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, discusses the value of her experiences at UT Dallas and her internships as a student. Elbanna’s first internship, which she discovered through UT Dallas, led to her jobs as campaign manager and chief of staff for Johnson.