Carnegie Mellon University

Heinz College of Information Systems & Public Policy

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:

Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is a graduate school without departments and their characteristic silos. Our faculty, students, and research centers thrive by working together to solve problems across subjects, disciplines, and business verticals. In the Heinz College Ph.D. program, you will conduct innovative research to address increasingly complex challenges facing society, whether those challenges are technical, organizational, political, economic, social, or—as is often the case—some combination thereof.

The doctoral program in Public Policy & Management at Heinz College prepares students to apply a rigorous scientific approach to social, organizational, economic, and management problems in an increasingly connected world. Distinguished by the interdisciplinary model of Heinz College and CMU, our Ph.D. programs prepare graduates to lead change in their chosen fields through meaningful collaborations and hands-on work with our renowned and extremely accessible faculty.

At Heinz, we live and work at the critical nexus of information technology and public policy. Our Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management was created to train students to approach problems from multiple disciplinary perspectives, to use advanced analytic and theoretical models, and to apply modern technological capabilities such as machine learning to the policy domain.

Key Research Areas

Doctoral students take on a broad range of topics and problems, but some key areas of strength at Heinz College include:

  • Crime & Drug Policy
  • Energy & Environmental Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Management Science
  • Organizational Behavior & Management


Middle States Commission on Higher Education

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL (25+ in each section) or IELTS (7+ in each section). The only exceptions are for students who have worked or studied for five or more years in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and/or Zambia.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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