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DPAP PhD students

Ph.D. Program - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Our Mission

Our mission is to produce the next generation of leading scholars in public administration and public policy. We aim for our graduates to produce original research that is methodologically sound, socially relevant, and makes important contributions to knowledge and theory.

Program Overview

The Ph.D. Program in the Department of Public Administration and Policy is a full-time, cohort-based degree that prepares students for careers in research and teaching in the fields of public administration and public policy. From the first day of orientation to the final dissertation defense, each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to develop the skills needed for a career in academia. By the time they graduate, virtually all of our students have presented their research at key conferences and published their work in peer-reviewed academic journals. Our philosophy is that doctoral education should be about much more than coursework. Our program provides a comprehensive, multifaceted introduction to the research enterprise and what it means to be a scholar in public administration and public policy.

Degree Requirements

Learn about our curriculum and degree requirements here.

Ph.D. Program Handbook

The Ph.D. Program handbook is a comprehensive and detailed source of information about our program. You can access it here.

Admission and Funding

To learn about eligibility for admission, required materials, criteria for admission decision, and funding, click here.

Research Seminar Series

Our department engages all Ph.D. students in weekly research seminars. You can access the current DPAP Ph.D. Seminar Series schedule by clicking here.

Meet Current Ph.D. Students and Candidates on the Market

To explore the profiles of our current Ph.D. students click here.

Profiles of our current Ph.D. candidates that are on the job market can be viewed here.

Recent Placements and Achievements

We encourage our doctoral students to pursue research that makes an impact through presentations at conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals. To explore recent placements, awards, publications, and presentations click here.

Contact Us

We invite you to learn more about our programs by browsing the website. For additional general inquiries about the PhD program in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, please contact our administrative assistant, Serena Elizondo, at elizondo@american.edu.