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Courses and Schedules (PhD)


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.

SPS Methods conversion options for Spring 2019
SPS 501 – CJ 503 (will require perm.# to enroll & RAAR prior to graduating)
SPS 502 – PUBADM 503
SPS 503 – PUBADM 506

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)
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)
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

Course Descriptions


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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.