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 Doctoral Program in Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary program that includes the professional and academic expertise of faculty in the fields of Criminal Justice, Health Management and Informatics, Public Administration, and Social Work. The Public Administration Track prepares students for academic positions in colleges and universities as well as research and leadership positions in public, nonprofit and for profit agencies and organizations.
The Public Administration Track integrates the historical evolution of the public administration field, the current challenges in theory and practice in our increasingly interconnected society, and the future directions needed as a discipline and society to achieve responsive solutions to complex public problems.
Students must complete 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree 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 unrestricted elective requirement
- 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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