Boise State University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration is designed to prepare students for senior level positions in public, non-profit and international organizations or positions in an academic or researching setting. The degree provides a sound foundation in current administrative practice in public administration and its cognate disciplines within the fields of public policy and management. Doctoral students will be expected to demonstrate significant research capacity in the discipline through the writing of a dissertation.
As is well known, public policy is inherently interdisciplinary. It is not limited to the academic silos of public administration or political science programs. Recognizing that, Public Policy and Administration has designed the curriculum to address multiple policy interests over multiple disciplines. The curriculum is purposefully organized to ensure its academic integrity, a strong “best practice” foundation in policy, and unlimited transdisciplinary options.
Public Policy and Administration fully expects students with divergent interests to reach across disciplinary boundaries and integrate coursework from other departments/programs into their academic plan. If the list of program courses does not meet the student’s specific need, with the Advisor’s and Program Director’s approval, the student can take classes outside the program that will meet the requirements of the degree.
PPA’s construction gives great latitude to students with interdisciplinary interests in public policy and administration. The intention of the coursework is to make sure the student is prepared intellectually and technically for the dissertation.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration is a 67 credit program. All doctoral students must complete 18 credits of core requirements and a 12 credit methods sequence. In addition, doctoral students will complete 9 credits within an emphasis, 6 additional elective credits, along with 22 dissertation credits of culminating activity. The program is designed to provide the individual student with maximum flexibility to, in consultation with their advisor, design a concentration area which reflects their professional interests. Often these concentration areas involve drawing upon the faculty resources of the departments/programs from throughout the university. Download the flier for the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration Degree (PDF).
Successful completion of coursework and a passing score on the comprehensive examination are required before students can advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. and present a dissertation proposal. The program is designed to accommodate the needs of both individuals planning to pursue an academic career and senior level professionals in the public policy service sector.