Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration

Downtown Boise

Is Our Program Right for You?

Boise State University’s PhD Program in Public Policy and Administration is for students primarily interested in doing applied policy and administrative work. Students enrolled in the PhD are interested in senior-level positions in public, non-profit, and international organizations Our students often already work full-time and are interested in taking courses and doing research that will enhance their career prospects and provide them with skills they can apply in their workplaces. Most of our courses are scheduled in the evenings to provide these working professionals with an opportunity to complete the degree with as much flexibility as possible.

Prepared Practical Applied

Practical. Students in the PhD program take core courses in social inquiry, theories of public policy and public administration, research design, and seminar work in an area of special interest, along with a variety of methodology courses and electives in the student’s interest area.

Prepared. The PhD program offers full-time students the opportunity to apply for Graduate Assistantships (GAs) and applied research opportunities throughout the School of Public Service.

Applied. Boise State University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration is an applied program, designed to prepare students for senior level positions in public, non-profit and international organizations or positions in an academic or researching setting.

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