how to apply

The application period has closed for the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy for Fall 2018. Beginning September 1, 2018, applicants may begin applying for admission to the program for Fall 2019. Admission is competitive, based on academic qualifications, experience, research/career interest, and program fit. Admission to the program requires a completed master’s degree. Recent applicants have completed masters degrees in public administration, policy, business, social work, economics, engineering, and other related fields. 

Qualified applicants are offered fully-funded research assistantships that enable full-time study and research experience with a faculty member. Prospective students are strongly recommended to contact faculty to discuss their research interests. SPA faculty are particularly interested in identifying new scholars with whom they can begin working.

Completed applications are due by midnight on January 11th, 2019

apply online

The application is submitted online.  Please submit the following:

  1. An official ASU Graduate application. When completing the application, upload the supporting materials listed below. You can upload all materials at the same time, or save the application and return to it.
  2. A written statement of educational and career goals that includes a discussion of research interests; 
  3. A current resume or vitae; 
  4. Three letters of recommendation. These should be from faculty members who have knowledge about your ability, skills, interests and scholarly promise. All letters should address your potential to successfully complete the doctoral program, assess your capacity for critical and analytic thought, ability to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing), and discuss your commitment to an academic research career.
  5. Sample of research reports or research paper.
  6.  Official transcripts must be submitted by mail from the university's Registrar's Office. Send transcripts to:

If sending by U.S. Postal Service:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112

  • All prospective students must submit verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing GRE test scores to be considered for admission. Our GRE institution code is: 4007. GRE test scores older than five years will not be accepted.
  • If you're an international student, you must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores to be considered for admission. Our institution code for the TOEFL is: 4007. TOEFL/IELTS scores must be submitted even if you've earned a Master’s degree from a U.S. or other English-speaking university. Minimum TOEFL score is 100 (iBT exam) or 600 (Traditional exam). Minimum IELTS score is 7. Scores must not be over 2 years old. Please note: The School of Public Affairs requires a higher TOEFL/IELTS score than the university. Either exam must have been taken within two years from the beginning of the semester for which you've applied. Example: A student applies for Fall 2018 admission. Classes for Fall 2018 start on Aug 16, 2018. Therefore, any English language proficiency test must have been taken Aug 15, 2016 or after.