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Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Political Economy


Our nationally recognized the PhD in public policy and political degree program offers training opportunities from internationally renowned faculty. The mission of the program is to prepare students through instruction in social sciences and public policy concepts, advanced methodological knowledge, applied social research techniques and professional communication skills.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Public Policy and Political Economy

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

GPA: Minimum of 3.2 

Test score required: Yes

Verbal score of 160 and quantitative score of 148 on the GRE or equivalent score on the GMAT 

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Betsy Albritton
Degree Information:
Dr. Dohyeong Kim
Director of Graduate Studies
Office: GR 3.209
Dr. Jennifer Holmes
Professor and Head
Office: GR 3.805

Possible Careers

Academics/Researcher, policy analysts, government officials, consultants in development policy, foreign and security policy, public administration, public policy, etc.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.