Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs


The PhD in Public Affairs program is a rigorous, research-oriented degree offered through the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

The skills and knowledge gained in the Public Affairs doctoral program will allow students to interface between the traditions of public management, public policy and organizations, while providing a practical appreciation for the challenges of maintaining and building institutions of governance and a civic culture in a complex democratic world.

Graduates of the PhD program will be prepared for research-oriented careers in academia, policy analysis, executive public and nonprofit management.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Public Affairs

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Public Affairs Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Master's degree in public affairs and social science from an accredited university preferred

GPA: Minimum of 3.0

Test score required: Yes

Minimum verbal score of 156 and quantitative score of 152 on the GRE

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 electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Admissions are limited to the fall semester only. The application deadline for students seeking funding through assistantships is January 15. University deadlines apply.


Rita Medford
Graduate Program Administrator
Office: GR 2.402C

Degree Information:
Dr. Meghna Sabharwal
Associate Professor of Public Affairs and PhD Advisor
Office: GR 2.238

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: professor, researcher and policy advisor in government sector.

Salary Information

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