Facts and Rankings

“EPPS continues to be recognized
by US News and others for our excellence in quality programs offered."
― Dean Denis Dean

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences offers students an engaging educational experience, led by faculty who are renowned in their fields. Below are recent rankings and facts about the school and its impressive faculty and students.


US News and World Report ranked UT Dallas #151 of all national universities and #80 of all public schools. Additionally, the following graduate programs were ranked:

  • Criminology – #27
  • Political Science – #76
  • Public Affairs – #104

UT Dallas was ranked #60 in Kiplinger's list of Best College Values, one of only three universities in Texas to be included.

UT Dallas' Geography and Geospatial Sciences program ranked 16th nationally and 1st in Texas in a 2010 study by Academic Analytics of Stony Brook, NY.


The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences offers 9 undergraduate degrees, 17 graduate degrees and 7 graduate certificates.

Faculty members Daniel Arce, Denise Boots, Anthony Champagne, Jennifer Holmes, Robert Morris and Clint Peinhardt, all received UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teacher awards in recent years.

The EPPS leading-edge geospatial information sciences program offers the only master of science in GIS in Texas and the only doctorate degree in GIS in the country.

UT Dallas was the first university in Texas to implement a PhD criminology program (2006).

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots of EPPS was named the first president of the UT Dallas chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

An EPPS political science senior won debater of the year honors at the 2010 National Championship Tournament.

Students from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences are regularly selected as Archer Fellows. The Bill Archer Fellowship was established by The University of Texas System to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C., to participate in a variety of highly coveted internships and classes focusing on policy, economics and persuasion. Students work at places such as the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and many offices within the White House and Capitol.

A UT Dallas Model United Nations team won a Distinguished Delegation award at the 2010 National Model United Nations conference. Four students from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences were elected to leadership positions, including chairwoman of the Security Council, and judge on the International Court of Justice.

Dr. Robert Morris was named an Academic Fellow by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Timothy Bray, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research, was elected to the board of directors of the North Texas Housing Coalition and the executive committee of the Urban Institute's National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership.

Terrorism experts from around the globe gather annually at UT Dallas to discuss growing threats during an EPPS-sponsored conference.

One of our professors was recently chosen to lead a top international criminology association.

The U.S. Federal Reserve turned to EPPS' internationally recognized behavioral economists to organize a major consumer education conference focused on the nation's struggling economy.