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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 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.

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.

Methods Sequence (12 credits)
Students must take PUBADM 503 Research Methods in Public Administration (3 cr)
AND students must select an additional nine credits from:
GEOG 560 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 cr)
PUBADM 506 Qualitative Analysis and Methodology (3 cr)
PUBADM 507 Intermediate Quantitative Analysis and Methodology (3 cr)
PUBADM 508 Advanced Survey Research (3 cr) PUBADM 509 Public Policy Analysis (3 cr)
PUBADM 510 Program Evaluation (3 cr) 

Core/Elective RequirementsCredits
Public Policy and Administration Core
PUBADM 500 – Administration in the Public Sector (3-credits)
PUBADM 501 – Public Policy Process (3-credits)
PUBADM 601 – Philosophy of Social Inquiry (3-credits)
PUBADM 602 – Philosophical and Practical Foundations of Governance (3-credits)
PUBADM 603 – Administration and the Study of Public Policy (3-credits)
PUBADM 604 – Advanced Techniques in Policy Research (3-credits)
Areas of Emphasis (Select one area – 9 credit hours)
Environmental Policy and Administration
PUBADM 605 – Seminar in Environmental Policy and Administration
AND 6 credits from
PUBADM 540 – Contemporary Issues in Natural Resource & Env Policy
PUBADM 541 – Environmental Regulatory Policy and Administration
PUBADM 542 – Science, Democracy and the Environment
PUBADM 543 – Public Land Resource Policy and Administration
PUBADM 544 – Energy in the West
PUBADM 545 – Energy Policy
PUBADM 546 – Climate Change Policy and Administration
PUBADM 547 – Water Resources Policy and Management
State and Local Government Policy and Administration
PUBADM 606 – Seminar in State and Local Government Policy and Administration
AND 6 credits from
CRP 501 – Introduction to Community and Regional Planning
PUBADM 511 – Decision-Making in Public and Nonprofit Management
PUBADM 512 – Information Technology and Public Policy
PUBADM 513 – Economics and Public Policy
PUBADM 514 – Introduction to Nonprofit Management and Collaboration
PUBADM 515 – Policy Implementation and Practice
PUBADM 516 – City-County Governance and Administration
PUBADM 517 – Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations
PUBADM 518 – Introduction to Contract Management
PUBADM 530 – Administrative Law and Regulation
PUBADM 550 – The Executive and the Administrative Process
PUBADM 560 – State and Local Government Policy and Administration
PUBADM 571 – Ethics In the Public Sector
Electives – (with supervisory committee approval)6
PUBADM 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (Pass/Fail)2
PUBADM 689 Dissertation Proposal (Pass/Fail)2
PUBADM 693 Dissertation (Pass/Fail)18
Total Credit Hours67

Course Descriptions