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Nationally Ranked PhD Program in Public Administration & Policy

What sets the PhD program in Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College apart?

Our curriculum connects theory and methods to research and practice.

The PhD in Public Administration and Policy program offers students a balance between deep engagement with theory drawn from the primary literatures that inform public administration and public policy research (including public administration, economics, sociology, political science, psychology, and management) and intensive training in the use of a wide variety of methods, including econometrics, ethnography, computational modeling, system dynamics, and network analysis. We expect our students to emerge from the program with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop theory, test it rigorously, and derive implications that inform practice in the public sector.

The program offers a combination core courses and concentrations in three areas: public management (which includes a sub-concentration in nonprofit management), public finance, and public policy.

Our graduates earn outstanding academic jobs and become leaders in the field.

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David Van Slyke '99
Dean & Professor
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University
Russell Hassan ‘10
Associate Professor & Director of Doctoral Studies
John Glenn College of Public Affairs
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Deneen Hatmaker ‘09
Associate Professor & MPA Program Director
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut
Hyun Hee Park ‘12 Assistant Professor
Kookmin University
Seoul, South Korea

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Our department is committed to professional and career development of our graduate students, preparing them for success in the academic job market

From the Seminar on Doctoral Research and Professional Development sequence to weekly Policy brown bag conversations, the Department of Public Administration and Policy prepares students both academically and professionally for the rigors of academia.  Our students are provided with support to attend academic conferences, and are given opportunities to practice and refine job talks before entering the academic job market.

We are located in the largest State capital in the US, providing unparalleled opportunities for research in public policy and management