Ph.D. Program - Department of Public Administration and Policy
Our mission is to produce the next generation of leading scholars in public administration and public policy. We aim for our graduates to produce original research that is methodologically sound, socially relevant, and makes important contributions to knowledge and theory.
The Ph.D. Program in the Department of Public Administration and Policy is a full-time, cohort-based degree that prepares students for careers in research and teaching in the fields of public administration and public policy. From the first day of orientation to the final dissertation defense, each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to develop the skills needed for a career in academia. By the time they graduate, virtually all of our students have presented their research at key conferences and published their work in peer-reviewed academic journals. Our philosophy is that doctoral education should be about much more than coursework. Our program provides a comprehensive, multifaceted introduction to the research enterprise and what it means to be a scholar in public administration and public policy.
You can also view profiles of our current Ph.D. candidates that are on the job market.
Recent Placements and Achievements
We encourage our doctoral students to conduct research that makes an impact through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national conferences. You can review recent publications and conference presentations of our PhD students.
Also, here are some examples of recent (2013-2015) academic placements of DPAP PhD Program graduates:
We invite you to learn more about our programs by browsing the website. For additional general inquiries about the PhD program in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, please contact SPA Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.