University of Southern California

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90007

United States


(213) 740-2311

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management (PPM) produces researchers and scholars who provide innovative solutions to societal problems and improve governance. Through a rigorous core of institutional, policy, and management theory and strong methodological training, PPM students develop the foundation to advance knowledge in public affairs.

Working closely with faculty mentors, PPM students develop substantive expertise in core areas within the School of Policy, Planning, and Development or within a related disciplinary field in another USC department. Examples include:

  • Civic engagement
  • Economic development
  • Governance
  • Health management and policy
  • Homeland security
  • International development
  • Network theory
  • Nonprofits and philanthropy
  • Social policy
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Transportation and infrastructure


Research and teaching seminars along with faculty/student workshops to support dissertation development ensure that graduates are prepared for positions at leading research universities and institutes through the US and the world. SPPD graduates hold tenure-track positions at University of Georgia, University of Kansas, University of Southern California, University of Texas-Austin, City University of New York, Peking University, Seoul National University and research positions at the Public Policy Institute of California, the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (federally funded Homeland Security Center) and the Korean Institute for Public Administration.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial Aid is available Federal Student Loans. Applicants may apply by completing the FAFSA and applying code 001328. Several scholarships also available.

Locale: Large City

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