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Program at a Glance

College of Community Innovation and Education
Public Administration, Schl of
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New admissions to this track have been suspended effective Fall 2021. Prospective students interested in this track are encouraged to apply directly to the Public Affairs PhD program. Students are able to select or create specializations that best align with their research interests.

The Governance and Policy Track in the Public Affairs PhD program prepares students to perform high-quality policy-relevant research concerned with governance and public policy issues, primarily those with national and global implications. Students are empowered to provide unbiased, evidence-based information that is directly relevant to real public-policy problems.

Students must complete 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including 15 courses (45 credit hours) above the master's level distributed in the following manner:

  • a three-course, 9-credit required Public Affairs substantive core
  • a six-course, 18-credit required Public Affairs methodological and statistical core
  • a three-course, 9-credit required discipline-specific specialization
  • a two-course, 6-credit hour electives (may be taken outside the student's discipline)
  • a one course, 3-credit required Public Affairs Community-based Research
  • 15 credit hours of dissertation minimum

Total Credit Hours Required: 60 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

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