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    Graduate Course Offerings in the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program (PUBADM)

    The Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration is a 67 credit program. All doctoral students must complete 15 credits of core requirements and a 12 credit methods sequence. In addition, doctoral students will complete 18 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.

    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.

    Core/Elective RequirementsCredits
    Public Policy and Administration Core
    Students must take:
    PUBADM 601 Philosophy of Social Inquiry (3-cr)
    PUBADM 602 Theories of Public Administration (3-cr)
    PUBADM 603 Theories of Public Policy (3-cr)
    PUBADM 609 Advanced Research Design (3-cr)
    And students must select three credits from:
    PUBADM 607 Advanced Public Administration Studies (3-cr)
    PUBADM 608 Advanced Public Policy Studies (3-cr)
    15
    Methods Sequence
    Students must take:
    SPS 501 Social Science Research Design (3-cr)
    SPS 502 Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (3-cr)
    SPS 503 Qualitative Methods for the Social Sciences(3-cr)
    And students must select three credits from:
    SPS 504 Survey Research (3-cr)
    SPS 505 Public Policy Analysis (3-cr)
    SPS 506 Program Evaluation (3-cr)
    SPS 507 Advanced Qualitative Methods and Analysis (3-cr)
    SPS 508 Maximum Likelihood Estimation (3-cr)
    SPS 509 Advanced Quantitative Methodology (3-cr)
    SPS 510 Game Theory and Formal Modeling (3-cr)
    12
    Electives – (with supervisory committee approval)18
    PUBADM 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (Pass/Fail)2
    PUBADM 689 Dissertation Proposal (Pass/Fail)2
    PUBADM 693 Dissertation (Pass/Fail)18
    Total Credit Hours67

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  • Schedules

    Submit your PDF within one year of admission

    Complete your Program Development Form and meet with your advisor to ensure you take the right classes at the right times.

    Projected schedules:
    *While intended to be as accurate and stable as possible, the schedules may change due to program needs, resources, and faculty availability.


  • A list of most common used forms are found here on the PPA Forms site!

    It is important to provide the PPA program’s admin. staff with a copy of all signed forms for your program file, or give them your original signed forms so that they can copy and then forward your original to be processed.
    Thank you!

    PPA Forms Checklist (.doc)

  • Graduate Program Committee

    The PPA Graduate Program Committee consists of the coordinators for each of the graduate programs in PPA. University and PPA guidelines establish the parameters of this committee whose duties include development of recommendations for admission of prospective graduate students, decisions on transfer credits and required background courses, decisions on the award of graduate fellowships and assistantships, and the appointment or restructuring of the Supervisory Committee for the doctoral student. The Graduate Program Committee serves as an appeal mechanism for decisions made by each student’s Supervisory Committee. The PPA chair offers an appeal mechanism for any decisions and recommendations of the Graduate Program Committee.


    Supervisory Committee

    A doctoral student’s initial advisor in PPA is the doctoral program coordinator. The doctoral program coordinator will work with the doctoral student to identify a Supervisory Committee Chair with expertise in the student’s emphasis area during the first year of the program. The Chair of the Supervisory Committee serves as the student’s principal advisor. By the third semester of the student’s doctoral program and in consultation with the Supervisory Committee Chair, the doctoral student will identify at least two, but not more than three additional graduate faculty members. These faculty members along with the Supervisory Committee Chair form the Supervisory Committee. Within University and PPA guidelines, this Supervisory Committee provides general guidance in the design and approval of the program of study, administration of the comprehensive examination, participation in the assessment of the dissertation proposal, supervision of the dissertation research and participation in the dissertation defense. This committee has a minimum of three, but not more than five members, the majority of whom must hold a faculty appointment within PPA and be members of the Graduate Faculty.