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PhD in Public Administration and Policy Application Requirements and Deadlines

All applicants must apply through the University’s Online Application System. Supplementary materials such as the statement of background and goals and resume should be uploaded into the online application system. Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by faculty in the Department of Public Administration and Policy.


  • January 15th for funding consideration

PhD Application Checklist:

  • Completed Degree Application
  • Official transcripts* of all graduate and undergraduate work to date
  • Official GRE scores (GMAT scores are also acceptable)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Background and Goals (Special Instructions)
  • Resume
  • $75 Application Fee

*Scanned copies of transcripts will not be accepted as official.  Applications will not be reviewed without official copies of the transcripts.

Writing samples will be accepted, but are not required.  A writing sample is expected to be a substantial written piece of research, such as a master's essay, major seminar paper, or published work. 

For International Applicants:

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.  For more information regarding English proficiency, degree equivalency, and transcript requirements, please visit the University's International Applicants web page.

For more information, contact: 
Rockefeller College Office of Graduate Admissions
 | 518-442-5396