Professors: Sheila Amin de Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Kurt Beron, Brian
J.L. Berry, Marie I. Chevrier, Lloyd Jeff Dumas, Euel Elliott, Donald Hicks, Bruce
Jacobs, Paul A. Jargowsky, Murray J. Leaf, Robert Lowry, James Marquart, Richard K. Scotch, Paul Tracy
Associate Professors: Bobby Alexander, Simon Fass, Jennifer Holmes, Susan McElroy, Kevin Siqueira, Sheryl Skaggs, John Worrall
Assistant Professors: Robert Morris
• Students will understand and analyze the principal policy making institutions and the ways in which they formulate, debate and implement public policies at the national, sub-national and local levels. Students will examine legislative, executive, and non-governmental roles in policy formation at different levels of government. They will analyze the ways in which the various institutions interact and set policy priorities. They will study policy implementation and the interrelated functions of levels of governments, non-profit and corporate entities in policy implementation.
• Students will learn and apply quantitative skills and economic theories to measure and evaluate public policies. They will learn when to apply appropriate techniques to complex policies. They will demonstrate an understanding of techniques to examine the preferred outcomes of policy alternatives to advise senior officials. Students will acquire skills in applying statistical measures of projected policy outcomes. Students will learn economic theories and acquire skills in applying those theories appropriately to establish policy objectives and outcomes.
• Students will understand the role of and learn appropriate, rigorous ways to design research to increase knowledge of public policy and citizen welfare. Students will learn ways to quantitatively and qualitatively design research projects that address important public policy questions and concerns.
• Students will learn and understand the unique role of ethical theories and behavior as it applies to the public and non-profit sectors. Students will understand the ethical obligation of elected and appointed governmental officials to the body politic. Students will understand the functions of internal and public oversight of the formation and implementation of public policies.
• Students will develop expertise in a substantive area of public policy and learn how to effectively communicate new findings and innovative policies to senior decision makers and the general public. Students will study one of three major public policy disciplines--social policy, health policy or the business-government relationship. Students will understand the theories and scientific principles that support these substantive policy areas and the ways in which those theories are tested. Students will understand how these policy areas contribute to the well-being of citizens to enhance the quality of life.
• Qualified students are encouraged to consider the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy (PPPE). Such students should meet with Program Director of PPPE as soon as possible to discussion options.
Students have access to the computing facilities in the
The master’s program in Public Policy seeks applications from students with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college. Although applications will be reviewed holistically, in general, entering students have earned a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 1100 on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Standardized test scores are only one of the factors taken into account in determining admission. Students should also submit all transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a one-page essay outlining the applicant’s background, education, and professional objectives.
While there are no specific course prerequisites, entering students will benefit from exposure to undergraduate courses in the Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, college algebra, and research design.
In order to qualify for graduation, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in their degree program’s core courses plus an aggregate grade point average of 3.0 for all graduate courses taken in the student’s degree program at UT Dallas.
Students seeking a Masters in Public Policy must complete at least 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework in the program. The program has three components:
1. Twenty-one semester hours of required coursework
2. Nine semester hours of prescribed electives
3. Six hours of free electives
Students must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average to graduate.
I. Required Core Courses
1. Policymaking and Institutions (Six hours)
POEC 6313 (PA 6313 and PSCI 6313) Public Policymaking and Institutions POEC 7318 (PA 7318) Ethics, Culture and Public Responsibility
2. Methodology [Statistics, Research Design, and related – nine hours]
EPPS 6313 Introduction to Quantitative Methods EPPS 6316 Applied Regression
Students with a concentration in Legal Studies (See prescribed electives) would substitute POEC/PSCI 6343 Law and The Policy Process for POEC 6316.
Select one of the following:
EPPS 6310 Research Design I EPPS 6352 Evaluation Research Methods in the Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
PSCI 5307 Legal Reasoning and Writing
3. Economics (Three hours)
4. POEC 7317 Economics for Public Policy Workshop or Prescribed Elective (Three hours)
Select one of the following:
POEC 6V47 (PA 6V47) Policy Research Workshop in Health Care Policy
POEC 6V62 Policy Research Workshop in Social Policy
POEC 6V76 Policy
Research Workshop in Development Studies
Other Workshop course, internship or approved elective.
II. Prescribed Electives
complete nine hours in
B. Domestic Social Policy
C. Health Policy
D. International Conflict and Security
E. Legal Studies
F. Other concentration proposed by the student and approved by the Director
Students should consult the graduate catalog, and the Program Director, for additional information regarding those courses that would best satisfy the “Prescribed Electives” requirement.
Students may select six hours of 6000 level or higher courses. Students may choose courses that are not selected under “Core Courses” to fulfill this requirement.