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PhD Public Affairs and Policy

The doctoral degree in Public Affairs and Policy is an interdisciplinary program of study at Portland State University.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: TBA
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $683 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

The Public Affairs and Policy program at Portland State University is administered through the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, but draws on faculty from the entire College of Urban and Public Affairs. The curriculum of the Ph.D. program focuses on governance and the integrated study of political, economic, administrative, and policy processes in the public sector.

Through their coursework and research, students encounter a range of theoretical and practical policy issues at the local, state, national, and international levels.

We Offer

  • Three specialization tracks: Public Administration and Policy and Politics and Public Policy
  • Multidisciplinary training in the socioeconomic and institutional frameworks within which governance operates
  • Training in the analytical and research methods
  • Professional development and networking opportunities
  • Access to world-class faculty
  • Full and part-time enrollment options and course planning to accommodate working schedules

Courses Included

Track I: Public Administration and Policy

  • Political and Economic Decision-Making
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Administrative Theory and Behavior

Track II: Politics and Public Policy

  • Political and Economic Decision-Making
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Advanced Political Economy

Track III: Economics and Public Policy

  • Advanced Economics
  • Applied Advanced Economics
  • Mathematical Economics