Carnegie Mellon University

H. John Heinz III College's School of Public Policy and Management

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management


5000 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Heinz College's Ph.D. program distinguishes itself from others because of its interdisciplinary nature and emphasis on solving business and policy problems. Our Ph.D. faculty members have expertise in a wide range of fields, including economics, information systems, social networks, Machine learning, behavioral sciences, operations research, and computer science. Integrating disciplinary perspectives, advancing theoretical models, and improving the quality of methodological and computer-based tools in understanding these issues are the primary goals of research conducted by faculty and students in our program.

Our Ph.D. program distinguishes itself by emphasizing the following:

Collaborative Work: Create strong mentoring relationships with acclaimed faculty who closely supervise research projects, allowing you to identify and structure feasible and interesting research questions.

Hands-On Research Training: Students in our program start working on original research in their very first year. You will complete and write up two research projects before beginning your dissertation. Students often present their research at academic conferences (both national and international) and publish their research findings in scholarly journals, often with Heinz faculty.

Interdisciplinary Analysis: Learn the value of using theory and methodologies provided by economics, psychology, sociology, statistics, operations research and organizational behavior to analyze problems.

Empirical Methods: Development of a sophisticated set of methodological skills. Empirical analysis is a foundation for advancing understanding and creating intellectual progress.

Applied Research: Develop ability to conduct path-breaking and relevant research. Prior to graduating, you also have the opportunity to publish papers in professional journals either individually or jointly with Heinz College faculty mentors and present your findings at research conferences.


Middle States

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL (25+ in each section) or IELTS (7+ in each section). The only exception is for students who have worked or studied for 5 years or more in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the U.K., the U.S. or South Africa.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 44,200 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 44,200 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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