Note: In addition to the general prerequisites for admission to the Graduate School, the following is required by this degree program:
Admission to the PhD program is based on the applicant's academic performance in the past and the compatibility of his/her background and interests with those of the program faculty members.
All applicants must have completed a master’s degree in a relevant field: master of public administration, master of public policy, or a master’s degree in criminal justice, homeland security, health administration, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, social work, or business management. Juris Doctorate degrees (law) will also be considered.
There are two deadlines for applications for the fall semester of the following academic year: January 15 and March 15 . For those applicants seeking research or teaching assistantships, the deadline to submit all application materials is January 15. Late applications may be considered if assistantships are still available. Applicants who wish to finance their education with their own funds or other sources (foreign governments that fund international students for PhD studies in the United States and other funding agencies, such as Fulbright commissions) are encouraged to submit their applications by January 15, but they may apply any time before March 15.