College of Public Policy

College of Public Policy

Excellence in Research

The UTSA College of Public Policy educates the next generation of public servants employed at the local, state, national and international levels. It prepares future leaders to advance public policy and practices that contribute to the public good. It also prepares students to manage and advocate for better policy solutions to address some of the most critical issues facing the community, nation and world.

Faculty and students in the College of Public Policy are engaged in teaching and learning, research, and community service initiatives addressing important community issues. The college is located at the Downtown Campus, in close proximity to government, law enforcement and nonprofit organizations. These partners offer UTSA undergraduate and graduate students with internships that help them gain hands-on experience to advance their skills.

Degree Programs

Areas of Specialty

Research Institutes & Centers

  • Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research

    The Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research conducts multidisciplinary research and development services focusing on the social and economic characteristics of populations and the effects of population changes. Institute partners include the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Department of Transportation and UT Health Science Center – San Antonio. The Institute is also home to the Texas Demographic Center, one of 52 U.S. centers in the U.S. Bureau of the Census State Data Center Program.

  • Policy Studies Center

    The Policy Studies Center is an interdisciplinary research, training and outreach center focused on enhancing the quality of life for historically underserved populations. Areas of study include poverty, health disparities, civic engagement, mentoring, nonprofit leadership, policing, the courts, migration and immigration, bullying and domestic violence. The center is also home to the UTSA Office of Community and Restorative justice advocates for and studies the use of non-traditional forms of justice to create safe and livable communities.


One of the top 400 universities in the world
One of the top 66 public universities in the nation
One of the top five young universities in the nation
— Times Higher Education
One of the nation’s top 100 graduate programs in social work
— U.S. News and World Report
Among an elite group of U.S. universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification
— Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teaching
One of the “Best of the Best” U.S. universities for Hispanics, African Americans, veterans and females
— Hispanic Network Magazine
2016 Best for Vets College
— Military Times


UTSA at a Glance

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160 degree programs

Library Print, Photograph and E-resources

7.4 Million+

Total Budget

$547.7 Million





Local Economic Impact

$1.2 billion

Research and Development Expenditures

$68.1 Million



UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

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