Why SPEA? Advancing knowledge, launching careers.


Advance your academic and research leadership

  • Ph.D. in Public Affairs
    Gain the necessary skills for independent research and analysis of problems, issues, and solutions in government and the nonprofit sector in four major fields.
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences
    Develop skills and training in the basic and applied sciences with the objective helping manage, mitigate, and avoid environmental problems.

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ranked public affairs Ph.D. program by National Research Council

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ranked school for research by Center for World University Rankings

Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences

This program will equip you with skills and training in the basic and applied sciences with the objectives of improving society’s understanding of environmental problems and helping manage, mitigate, and avoid them.

Learn to lead for the greater good

As a doctoral student at SPEA, you will become part of an exclusive community of top researchers and academic leaders.

You will learn from some of the world’s most sought after academics and research with experts who are leading the way toward global change.

You’ll graduate ready to take your place among them—joining their ranks at academic and research institutions across the country.

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