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Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs


The PhD in public affairs degree program is designed to give students the ability to interface between 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.

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 146 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 completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Due to the cohort nature of the program, admissions are limited to the fall semester only. The application deadline for students seeking funding through assistantships is March 31. Applications for international students must be received by May 1 and June 1 for all required documentation. The application deadline for U.S. citizens and residents is July 1 for all documentation. These deadlines must be followed to ensure applications are given full consideration. 


Katie Doctor (Public Affairs - PhD)
800 W. Campbell Road, GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Degree Information: 
Dr. Donald Arbuckle  
Clinical Professor and PhD Advisor 

Possible Careers

Professor, researcher, policy adviser in the government sector

Salary Information

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