PhD in Public Policy and Administration
The multidisciplinary PhD Program in Public Policy and Administration in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) at The George Washington University (GW) is designed to develop a range of competencies needed to undertake sophisticated research in public policy and public administration. Fundamental to the development of these competencies is a mastery of subjects in multiple academic disciplines, including politics, economics, ethics, and quantitative and/or qualitative methods in policy research. Built upon the diversity and strengths of academic departments and faculty distributed throughout TSPPPA and the University community, our program offers an exceptional education across these disciplines.
Approximately one-quarter of our PhD students come from outside of the United States. Most doctoral students already have a graduate degree and significant experience in a policy-related environment. Many students are mid-career professionals. The program also welcomes applications from students with bachelor's degrees.
In addition to developing broad analytical skills in multiple subjects, our students take courses designed to prepare them to undertake research in specific areas of public policy and administration. Within these areas, students may specialize in either public policy or public administration. Through course work in each specialized field, students develop expertise for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors.
The PhD Program may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Throughout their educational experience, students receive guidance and support from nationally renowned scholars who offer a wide range of experience in the real world of public affairs, policy, and politics. The PhD program is available at the main campus in downtown Washington, DC. It is not available as a distance-learning program.
Graduates of the doctoral program pursue careers in teaching and research related to public policy and administration and as policy researchers and analysts in government and the private sector. Some hold administrative positions in these sectors and many are closely involved in the development and evaluation of public policies.
For a list of current PhD Candidates, click here.
For PhD student publications, presentations, and news, click here.
For more information, please contact:
Program Director: Dr. Donna Infeld
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies: Bethany Pope