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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)
    18
    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
    9
    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

  • 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.