Public Administration and Policy, PhD

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The PhD in public administration and policy is a theoretically grounded research degree program designed to prepare students for a research-based career. The degree is appropriate for individuals who want to conduct high-level research and policy development in academic careers, public and nonprofit agencies, foundations and research institutes and for students who are committed to a four-year, full-time degree program.

This program is designed to develop well-rounded, independent scholars who are grounded in the classic and current literatures of public administration and public policy, skilled in research methods, and ready to contribution to the field through research and teaching. As a result, graduates are poised for success as productive and active scholars, researchers and teachers.

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The PhD in public administration and policy is a theoretically grounded research degree program designed to prepare students for a research-based career. The degree is appropriate for individuals who want to conduct high-level research and policy development in academic careers, public and nonprofit agencies, foundations and research institutes and for students who are committed to a four-year, full-time degree program.

This program is designed to develop well-rounded, independent scholars who are grounded in the classic and current literatures of public administration and public policy, skilled in research methods, and ready to contribution to the field through research and teaching. As a result, graduates are poised for success as productive and active scholars, researchers and teachers.

Program Offered

Public Administration and Policy, PhD

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Location
Downtown

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program Requirements

Required Core (24 credit hours)
PAF 601 Advanced Public Policy Seminar (3)
PAF 602 Advanced Research Design for Public Policy and Management (3)
PAF 603 Advanced Economics for Public Administration and Public Policy (3)
PAF 604 Intellectual Foundations of Public Administration (3)
PAF 605 Organization Theory and Behavior Seminar (3)
PAF 609 Advanced Quantitative Methods Seminar (3)
PAF 610 Advanced Qualitative Methods for Public Affairs Research (3)
PAF 620 Public Administration Professional Development Workshop (3)

Electives (15 credit hours)

Research (3 credit hours)
PAF 792 Research (3)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
PAF 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
When approved by the student's supervisory committee and the Graduate College, this program allows 30 credit hours from a previously awarded master's degree to be used for this degree.

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