Our curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary, applied research in public policy and administration and related subfields as it prepares students for traditional faculty or public-policy research positions.
Trachtenberg School classes are held on the Foggy Bottom Campus. Most classes are in the evenings, enabling full-time and part-time students to pursue their degree while working.
The Ph.D. is a 72-credit program offered through the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration; the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences grants the degree.
The multidisciplinary Ph.D. is designed to develop a range of competencies needed to undertake sophisticated research in public policy and public administration. Core courses cover 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.
Fields of study include education policy; health policy; race, gender and public policy; gender and social policy or race, gender and public policy; program evaluation; public administration and management; public budgeting and finance; science and technology policy; urban and social policy.
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.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans and alternative loans to graduate students seeking to finance their graduate educations.