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    University of North Texas
    Feb 23, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Public Administration

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Main Departmental Office
Chilton Hall, Room 204

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #310617
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Fax: 940-565-4466

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Brian K. Collins, Chair




The Department of Public Administration offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Public Administration and to the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in public administration and management. The department also offers a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit leadership studies. Additionally, it also offers a minor in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Finally, the program offers two certificates, one in Alternative Dispute Resolution and the other in Volunteer and Community Resource Management.


The faculty in the Department of Public Administration pursue an active research program that focuses on policy and administrative issues of concern to government. The department maintains an emphasis on issues of concern to city and county management, including economic development and growth management, executive recruitment, personnel management, municipal debt acquisition, emergency and disaster planning, county government organization and management, state government administration, career paths of city managers, intergovernmental management, public/private partnerships, city managers as policy-makers, nonprofit management, alternative dispute resolution, cultural competency issues, capital spending for infrastructure, and property tax policy and administration.

Faculty have published in a number of influential journals including: Public Administration Review, State and Local Government, Public Administration Quarterly, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Performance and Management Review, Disasters, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Natural Hazards, Disaster Prevention and Management, Public Budgeting and Finance, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, and a number of others. The faculty have also authored, co-authored or edited books including: A Revenue Guide for Local Government; Texas Politics; Budgeting: A Guide for Local Government; The Effective Local Government Manager; The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector; and Understanding Nonprofit Organizations.

The department’s research is supported by grants from within the university as well as grants and contracts with local and federal government, other universities and professional associations. The department also maintains a close affiliation with the Center for Public Management, which provides contract research, training and technical assistance to local governments throughout Texas and the Southwest, and occasionally provides part-time employment opportunities for qualified graduate students.


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