Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration

The mission of the Ph.D. program in Public Administration at the Pennsylvania State University is to provide advanced graduate education in theory and research in the field to prepare students for academic, research, and advanced professional careers.

Individuals with superior academic records and a strong interest in careers emphasizing research and scholarship are encouraged to apply to the program. The program typically admits a cohort of full-time students to begin each fall semester. Applications for part-time study may be considered if the applicant has a strong academic record and if his/her research interests are highly compatible with those of the program faculty members. 

The faculty members of the program work closely with students to help enhance their knowledge of the field. They also help students gain experience in conducting research, presenting scholarly papers at academic/professional conferences, publishing in scholarly journals, and teaching college/university-level courses. 

 

Degree Conferred: Ph.D.


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