Ph.D. in Public Affairs


Ranked as high as #1 among Public Affairs Ph.D. Programs by the National Research Council


for research among global competitors by the Center for World University Rankings

Our public affairs curriculum prepares you to analyze problems and find solutions for the public and nonprofit sectors, drawing from the fields of public management, public finance, public policy analysis, and environmental policy. Our curriculum and training are firmly grounded in the social sciences, but we draw our research questions from real-world public affairs and policy issues.

The Ph.D. in Public Affairs program builds on the unique strengths of SPEA’s interdisciplinary faculty and research programs which have earned wide recognition from peer institutions, national and international agencies, and professional groups.

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