The public administration and public policy (PAPP) Ph.D. provides students theory-based and applied knowledge that integrates public administration and public policy. It is a unique interdisciplinary approach to preparing students for a variety of academic, research, and senior public management positions in higher education institutions and public and nonprofit organizations.
About The Program
This program stresses interdisciplinary courses, given CAPPA’s mission and multiple programs, providing students considerable flexibility in choosing their specialty/emphasis. Faculty specializations include economic and community development; education, environmental, transportation, and welfare policies; intergovernmental relations; organizational structure and change; and public finance/budgeting. Graduates pursue teaching and research careers at regional or national universities, seek advancement in their current professional career path, or change their career trajectory.
Policy Adviser in the Government and Nonprofit Sectors
Government and Nonprofit Administrator
Senior Policy Administrator
Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy
Urban Policy and Planning
Physical Planning, Development, and Urban Design
Land Use/Transportation Analysis, Planning, and Policy
Environmental Planning Policy/Sustainability
Required Core Courses - 24
PAPP 6309 - LOCAL POLITICS IN THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL SETTING - 3
PAPP 6305 - ADVANCED THEORIES OF URBAN SOCIETY - 3
PAPP 6307 - THE URBAN ECONOMY - 3
PAPP 6311 - ADVANCED PUBLIC POLICY FORMATION AND ANALYSIS - 3
PAPP 6320 - ADVANCED ORGANIZATION THEORY - 3
PAPP 6315 - PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION THEORY - 3
PAPP 6326 - PUBLIC BUDGETING AND FINANCE - 3
PAPP 6349 - DECISION MAKING AND PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS - 3
Required Research Courses - 12
PAPP 5342 - INTERMEDIATE DATA ANALYSIS - 3
PAPP 5344 - QUALITATIVE METHODS - 3
PAPP 6301 - THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND Ph.D. WORKSHOP - 3
PAPP 6346 - ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS IN URBAN AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 3
To be determined with your advisory committee - 3
Dissertation Hours (minimum of 9 hours) - 9
Total Hours - 48
Why Choose Us?
Fully funded research assistantships
Cutting-edge research with faculty
Access and opportunities to work with research centers
Guidance and mentorship from faculty
Evening classes to allow flexible options for students who are working professionals
Small class sizes for better faculty-student interaction
Dissertation options tailored to student interests
Support for conference participation
Applicants may be admitted unconditionally with a graduate GPA of 3.6, a Verbal GRE score of at least 153 (500 if taken before August 1, 2011, and a Quantitative GRE score of at least 144 (500 if taken before August 1, 2011). International applicants are required to have a score of 213 or higher on the TOEFL (550 or higher on the written TOEFL; 79 or higher on TOEFL iBT). The strength of letters of recommendation and quality of personal statement and master’s degree field of study are also considered.
Applicants may be admitted unconditionally with a graduate GPA of 3.7, a Verbal GRE score of at least 153 (500 if taken before August 1, 2011, and a Quantitative GRE score of at least 140 (500 if taken before August 1, 2011). International applicants are required to have a score of 213 or higher on the TOEFL (550 or higher on the written TOEFL; 79 or higher on TOEFL iBT). The strength of letters of recommendation and quality of personal statement and Master’s degree field of study are also considered.
The admissions committee may defer the admission decision when a component of the application is incomplete. It may also admit a student provisionally when an applicant is unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements.
Applicants not admitted unconditionally may be considered for admission on probation based on factors mentioned above as well as multilingual proficiency, first-generation graduate student, and applicant’s community service experience. Applicants with a 3.0 graduate GPA or better and based on the strength of admission requirements (personal statement, letters of recommendation, and scores on standardized tests). Under Probationary Admission, special course requirements or other conditions may be imposed by the Admissions Committee (e.g., applicants who meet all the standards for Unconditional Admission, except for required Writing GRE score, will be considered for Probationary Admission conditioned on completing an approved writing course).
Foreign applicants with low TOEFL or IELTS scores may be accepted probationary on the condition of successfully completing the Pathway Admission Program.
Applicants who are unable to supply required application materials, or who must complete additional preparatory work before their admissibility can be determined, maybe deferred until records are complete.
Applicants who are unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appear to meet admission requirements may be granted Provisional Admission pending submission of complete and satisfactory credentials before the end of the semester in which they have registered in a provisional status.