A Message from Public and Nonprofit Management

May 1, 2020

Welcome to the Program in Public and Nonprofit Management at UT Dallas!

We are one of the highest-ranked Programs in North Texas that prepare students for careers in government and the nonprofit sector. We offer an undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, and a doctoral degree in public affairs as well as two graduate certificates in local government and nonprofit management. In 2020, the U.S. World and News Report ranked our Master of Public Affairs program as number one in North Texas, number three in the state of Texas, and number 58 in the nation. The Program was also ranked #19 in local government management.

Our mission is to train students who can make a positive change in their communities, lead public service organizations by embracing strong civic values, and more broadly, participate in a diverse democratic society in a way that enriches our public life. To achieve these goals, we are dedicated to meaningful and innovative ways of teaching that inspire students to develop skills in organizational leadership, human resource management, financial administration, nonprofit governance, and other subfields of public and nonprofit management. A number of our classes include community outreach and service learning components.

In addition to teaching, our faculty are actively engaged in academic research, which complements and enriches our students’ experiences. The program is currently home to Public Administration Review, the top-ranked peer-reviewed journal in public administration. Our faculty research expertise is wide-ranging and includes public service motivation, leadership, diversity management, social media and communication, sustainability, public sector retirement systems, workforce turnover, government fiscal health, education policy, migration, nonprofit management, and public health. Some of this research is funded by the Department of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and other grantors including governments and nonprofit foundations.

Our faculty and students are also very engaged in professional communities that foster creative research connections and help us stay abreast of the state-of-the-art developments in public and non-profit management. Over the past five years, our students have won a range of honors from professional associations including the best dissertation award and two emerging scholar awards of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the best dissertation award in the public administration section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and four founders’ fellowships of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Many of our doctoral students find tenure-track positions in universities across the United States including the University of Texas at Arlington, Drake University, Seattle University, West Point Military Academy, the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Our connections with local leaders around UT Dallas and beyond inspire us to continue working with communities on relevant problems of public life. As we look into the future, we are committed to serving the workforce needs of North Texas and strengthening our community outreach and impact. We are fortunate to be located in one of the most economically and socially vibrant regions in the U.S that provides us with many opportunities to make a difference locally and globally.

I invite you to explore the academic degrees and certificates of the Public and Nonprofit Management Program on our website and hope that you will join us as a student. To stay connected and learn more about our events for students, alumni, and friends of the program, please follow our Program’s pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Meghna Sabharwal
Program Head
Program in Public and Nonprofit Management
School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences