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PhD in Public Policy and Administration

With a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden, you can take an active role in creating sustainable solutions to problems facing the United States and nations worldwide. Whether you’re an international student looking to gain knowledge of U.S. best practices or a domestic student seeking a global perspective, this online doctoral program can enable you to:

  • Deepen your understanding of U.S. policy management practices.
  • Engage in coursework that incorporates global scenarios and viewpoints.
  • Learn from a diverse international faculty with experience developing public policy in the United States as well as abroad.
  • Conduct original research on a topic relevant to your interests and expertise, without the usual academic boundaries.

Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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Gain management and leadership skills to further your public policy career so you can effectively and efficiently advocate for change that positively impacts individuals and communities.

Specializations (in addition to the General Program)

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global Leadership
  • Health Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

Whether you're interested in furthering your own research or entering the private sector, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration can position you for a range of careers.

Career options include

  • College professor
  • Academic administrator
  • Senior level public executive
  • Legislative aide
  • Government affairs officer
  • Senior level nonprofit manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Research director
  • Private consultant

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Why a Walden PhD in Public Policy and Administration?

11-Week Courses - Each course is followed by a 2-week break so you can enjoy time with your family, travel, and relax.
Cutting-Edge Multimedia - Videos and interactive exercises enrich the learning experience and complement the coursework content.
Exceptional Student Support from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Social Change - Become more than a scholar; gain skills to help you make a difference in your community.

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