public administration & policy, PhD

Work with award-winning faculty in seven research centers, in a school that is ranked #12 globally in research productivity in public affairs.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Administration and Policy prepares students to conduct theoretically informed research through the application of social science methods that build knowledge and inform public action. Most students in the Ph.D. program are interested in academic careers, although some students prefer to work as researchers in the government or nonprofit sectors. The Ph.D. degree is designed for students who seek a four-year, full-time degree.

The Ph.D. program supports all full-time students financially during the first three years of study. Students have many options to fund their final year of study either through teaching, fellowships or research projects.  Throughout their degree, students work directly with nationally distinguished faculty on research activity with the expectation that students contribute intellectually both to the Ph.D. program and to the academic community through presentations at national conferences and publication of journal articles. 

Our goal is to provide a stimulating and collegial academic environment where students learn to formulate compelling research questions, develop analytical skills to rigorously address them and produce high-quality academic work that contributes to the field.  All students gain nationally recognized qualifications in core knowledge in public administration and policy as well as in an area of research specialization. In their fourth year, students also have opportunities to teach in the Masters or undergraduate programs, if desired. Ph.D. graduates are able to compete nationally and internationally for coveted entry positions that require both teaching and research.

specializations include:

  • education and social policy
  • energy and environmental policy
  • governance and urban affairs
  • policy informatics/information technology
  • public finance and financial management
  • public management
  • science and technology policy

customize your program

The Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy offers an optional urbanism concentration that enables you to capitalize on the outstanding faculty, resources and reputation that ASU has in this field. Upon graduation you will be poised for success as a productive and active scholar, researcher and teacher.

Applicants are admitted for fall only. Completed applications are due by midnight on January 15th, 2016. More on the application process.