Individuals who wish to devote their professional careers to serving the public by managing government, nonprofit or other community organizations will develop their skills and expand their knowledge base with a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs. The mission of the program is to educate professionals in public and nonprofit management who intend to enhance the public welfare through a life of service.
The applied mission of the BS in public administration program is to prepare students interested in careers in the public and nonprofit sectors with the necessary competencies to be successful in management or public service careers. Graduates should have a firm understanding of financial, human resource and organizational concepts that will be directly applicable at professional levels in public and non-profit organizations.
The BS in public affairs is intended for individuals planning to manage and drive policy in the arenas of government and nonprofit organizations. These generalist managers must synthesize many forms of knowledge derived from government, economics, sociology and other fields, and must apply that knowledge creatively to meet the varied and multiple challenges of public service. The ability to understand the substance of policy and program issues, grasp the administrative, political and ethical implications, and then effectively address the issues define the worth of contemporary managers.
The public affairs program promotes acquisition of knowledge and skills essential to the tasks of identification, analysis, design implementation, supervision, evaluation, communication and other key functions that are integral components of management careers in federal, state and local governments; criminal justice; social service; education; community development; arts and other non-profit organizations; and business firms.
The BS curriculum emphasizes the integration and application of theory to practice and prepares individuals to ultimately assume senior staff, managerial and leadership roles in public agencies, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms and businesses significantly affected by public policies.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their career. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and help students connect with campus recruiters, among other services.
Public affairs is an interdisciplinary program that integrates the traditions of public and nonprofit management with the challenges of maintaining and building institutions of governance in a complex society.
The UT Dallas program offers students the opportunity to learn from and interact with some of the nation’s leading academic and public sector experts.
The general BS degree requires 120 hours to graduate: 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum, 46 hours from the major and 32 hours of electives.
UT Dallas undergraduates who meet the requirements for admission to graduate school and have at least a 3.25 UT Dallas cumulative GPA should consider the Fast-Track option. Fast-Track allows students to take up to 15 credit hours of graduate courses their senior year that count toward both their bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Students who successfully complete the Fast-Track requirements are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before entering the master's program.
The Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center at UT Dallas, which is directed by a political science faculty member, works with students interested in pursuing a legal career. Their guidance begins in the students' early years at the University and continues through preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Many pre-law students at UT Dallas are admitted to the nation's top 10 law schools, and the majority earns admission to law school on their first try.
Political science faculty and graduate students coach the moot court and mock trial teams, which students can take as classes. Undergraduates also may enroll in classes included in the school's new master's program in constitutional law studies.
Every new generation inherits a world more complex than that of their forefathers, which prompts a need for new thinking about public policies that impact people's daily lives. While our colleagues in the School of Management or the Jonsson School of Engineering are creating new managerial or technological systems, we in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) examine the implications of innovation and change for individuals and communities.
As an undergraduate in EPPS, you will have the chance to work with professors who are probing issues that will affect your future. You will develop the vital skills you need to thrive in a rapidly evolving, highly competitive job market. EPPS will prepare you for careers in government, non-profits and the private sector that enable you to make a real difference in the world of today and tomorrow.
Consider the following example of exciting work under way in EPPS. One of the most complex issues of our time is undoubtedly the question of how to improve public education. You hear rival opinions everywhere about the right way to fix our educational system. But researchers from a variety of disciplines within EPPS are working collaboratively to examine the hard data and measure efficiency, and their research could lead to improvements in educational practice and improve our children's ability to compete in a dynamic society.
EPPS is at the forefront of leadership, ethics and innovation in the public and nonprofit sectors. Our students and faculty look forward to new opportunities to study and address the complex and evolving issues of the future.
Research informs much of the instruction. The school has eight centers of excellence:
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts: Criminology, economics, geography, geospatial information sciences, international political economy, public affairs, political science, sociology
Master of Science: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, international political economy, applied sociology, justice administration and leadership
Master of Arts: Political science, political science-constitutional law, political science-legislative studies
Master of Public Affairs: Public affairs
Master of Public Policy: Public policy
Doctor of Philosophy: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, public affairs, public policy and political economy, political science
The certificates offered through EPPS are:
Geographic Information Systems (GISc): a 15-hour graduate-level certificate focusing on the application of GIS in government, private sector and scientific areas, which can be completed in one year of part-time evening classes.
Remote Sensing: a 15-hour for-credit graduate certificate focusing on remote sensing and digital image processing, which can be completed in one year of part-time evening study.
Geospatial Intelligence: a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on the application of geospatial ideas and techniques to national security and other intelligence activity.
Public Affairs: 15-hour graduate-level certificates in homeland security, local government management, city planning and nonprofit management.
School Of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road GR 31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021