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Public Affairs, PhD

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Public Affairs

Test Score Required: A GRE Verbal score of 156 and GRE Quantitative score of 152 are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.
Mail Graduate Record Examination (GRE) official scores to UT Dallas Office of Enrollment Services.

Catalog Page: PhD

Letters of Recommendation: 3

Completed Request for Recommendation (Requires Adobe Reader) forms from individuals able to judge your probable success in graduate school. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Resume: no

Admissions Essay: yes

A brief narrative outlining your academic interest and meeting the following criteria:
  • Include any current or long-range interests in research, teaching or other professional objectives.
  • Please describe any publications or other evidence of scholarly endeavor you have achieved.
  • List academic and professional organizations in which you are active and any fellowships, scholarships, or other honors you have received.
The Admissions Essay may be sent directly to the program or submitted online.

Deadlines: Due to the cohort nature of the PhD program in Public Affairs, 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 (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.). The application deadline for US Citizens and Residents is July 1 with all documentation (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.). These deadlines must be followed to ensure applications are given full consideration.


Katie Doctor (Public Affairs - PhD)

800 West Campbell Rd., GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Degree Information: 
Dr. Donald Arbuckle  
Clinical Professor and PhD Advisor 

Possible Careers

Professor; Researcher; 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.