PhD in Public Policy and Administration

Are you ready to engage in a multidisciplinary approach to develop the range of competencies you will need to undertake sophisticated research in public policy and public administration? The Trachtenberg School’s PhD is designed to help you master subjects in multiple academic disciplines, including politics, economics and quantitative and/or qualitative methods in policy research. Built upon the diversity and strengths of academic departments and faculty within the Trachtenberg School and the University community, you will receive an exceptional education across these disciplines.

In addition to developing broad analytical skills in multiple subjects, students take courses designed to prepare them to undertake research in specific areas of public policy and administration. Through course work in each specialized field, students develop expertise for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors.

Approximately one-quarter of the Trachtenberg School’s PhD students come from outside of the United States. Most doctoral students already have a graduate degree and significant experience in a policy-related environment. Many students are mid-career professionals.

The PhD Program may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Learn more details about the PhD program by reading the most recent PhD Student Handbook.

Graduates of the doctoral program pursue careers in teaching and research related to public policy and administration and as policy researchers and analysts in government and the private sector. Some hold administrative positions in these sectors and many are closely involved in the development and evaluation of public policies.

Got questions beyond what you're finding on the website? Contact our admissions team at [email protected] or Denee' Bottoms, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies.

Meet the PhD Candidates

Meet the current students within the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration who are completing their degrees.