Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Public Management and Leadership

Walden University

Program Description

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Public Management and Leadership

Walden University

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Public Management and Leadership

With unprecedented fiscal challenges and rising performance expectations facing public and nonprofit institutions, managers must be prepared to apply core business principles to improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of their organizations. In this specialization, apply a systems perspective as you develop strategies for organizational change in the public organization of your choice. Discover how transformative change occurs in complex public systems, and learn to use the language of leadership to motivate, inspire, and competently lead your organization and shape public policy.

Completion Requirements

  • 82 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days
  • Minimum of 8–9 quarters enrollment depending on the transfer of credits awarded

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Core Courses

  • PPPA 8000 Foundations for Doctoral Study, or
  • PPPA 8000i Foundations for Doctoral Studies for International Students
  • PPPA 8405 Ethics and Social Justice
  • PPPA 8431 Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
  • PPPA 8465 Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
  • PPPA 8111 Leadership and Organizational Change
  • PPPA 8115 Writing a Quality Prospectus
  • PPPA 8112 Governance and Public Policy

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Core Courses requirement:

  • RSCH 8450 Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
  • RSCH 8350 Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • RSCH 8250 Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses

  • PPPA 8390 Strategic Context of Public Management and Leadership
  • PPPA 8391 Transformative Change in a Shared Power World
  • PPPA 8392 The Language of Leadership

Foundation Research Sequence

  • RSCH 8100P Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • RSCH 8200P Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • RSCH 8300P Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis


  • PPPA 9000 Dissertation

Career Options

Whether you’re interested in furthering your own research or entering the private sector, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration can position you for a range of careers. Career options include:

  • College professor
  • Academic administrator
  • Senior level public executive
  • Legislative aide
  • Government affairs officer
  • Senior level nonprofit manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Research director
  • Private consultant

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Discuss leadership concepts and theories that have been used to effectively lead and manage in the public sector.
  2. Analyze evidence-based research, theories, and models used to promote participation in public and nonprofit policy processes.
  3. Develop solutions for problems related to public policy and public administration using theory and research.
  4. Ethically apply the major theories and concepts of public policy and public administration within organizations.
  5. Evaluate models and best practices utilizing diverse perspectives in local, state, national and international public agencies by using evidence-based research.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 9, 2015
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