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PhD in Public Administration & Policy Curriculum

The PhD program in Public Administration and Policy is built around a sequence of six core courses and three concentration areas: Public Management, Public Finance, and Public Policy. The required core courses include:

  • PAD 702 Politics and Administration
  • PAD 703 Economic and Financial Theory
  • PAD 704 Research Methods I
  • PAD 705 Research Methods II
  • PAD 708 Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • PAD 709 Foundations of Public Administration

In addition to these core courses, students are required to register for a two-year series of one-credit courses, PAD 881-884: Seminar on Doctoral Research and Professional Development.  

Students pursuing the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy must complete a total of 60 credit hours of coursework, 24 credits of which must be taken in residence at the University at Albany.  In addition to required course work, a doctoral candidate must complete a literature review paper and an original research paper appropriate for publication. Candidacy requirements vary slightly by concentration area.  Detailed program requirements are outlined in the PhD Handbook.

A dissertation accepted by the student's committee and conforming to University guidelines is required to complete the degree program. In general, the dissertation is expected to demonstrate that the candidate is capable of doing independent scholarly work that will modify or enlarge what has previously been known.