Department of Public Service and Administration

Preparing individuals for impactful careers as thoughtful, objective, effective, and ethical public servants

Producing theoretical and applied research that addresses the critical issues of the day and advances the understanding of public service

Engaging with the community to serve the changing needs of society locally, regionally, nationally, and globally

Fostering an interdisciplinary environment that stresses the development of critical thinking skills and an appreciation for the benefits of diversity and inclusion

The Department of Public Service and Administration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service has risen in a short period of time to become one of the leading programs in the country. The department offers three tracks of curriculum, including public management, public policy analysis, and the growing nonprofit management track—ranked among the top 10 in the nation among public schools.

Students learn from some of the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in their fields. Faculty members at the Bush School include those who have served in state and local governments, partnered with international nongovernmental organizations, consulted for the federal government, worked with leading nonprofits, and are regularly called to testify before state legislatures.

The curriculum within the department is a blend of both the theoretical and the practical—providing students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for successful careers in public service Students can choose from a number of concentrations to focus their studies, including analytical methods; cybersecurity policy; education policy and management; energy, environment and technology policy and management; health policy and management; international nongovernmental organizations, security policy and management; state and local government policy and management; and individually designed concentrations offering flexibility to students with specific interests.

Upon graduation, students leave the department well-positioned to enter public service careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The department boasts an impressive 90 percent employment rate for students within six months after graduation. Previous graduates have gone on to serve at some of the highest levels of their fields finding careers in the Texas Legislature, American Red Cross, Brookings Institution, United Way, US Department of Agriculture, US Senate, Ernst & Young, and the City of Austin, among others.