The mission of the PhD Program at the University of Georgia is to achieve distinction as a leader in public administration and policy education and research. Our students are actively involved in pursuing this mission.
Degree Type: Doctoral
Degree Program Code: PHD_PADP
Degree Program Summary:
The Department of Public Administration and Policy administers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. The MPA degree is designed to educate students for administrative, managerial, and policy analytical careers in federal, state, and local levels of government and the nonprofit sector. The program consists of courses that form a public management core, required management information and research courses, a socialization sequence, and electives. An internship usually served in a public agency is also required for students without administrative experience. The PhD degree is designed to prepare students for careers as researchers and scholars. Some students also seek upper-level careers in management or policy analysis in the public sector. Students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours in three fields comprised of general public administration, public policy, and an elective managerial specialization. A minimum of nine credit hours in research methods is also required. The department has research strength in public budgeting and finance, public management and organizational theory, public personnel administration/human resources management, and public policy analysis.
The mission of the PhD Program at the University of Georgia is to achieve distinction as a leader in public administration and policy education and research. Our students are actively involved in pursuing this mission. Over the past decade, our PhD graduates have received more national dissertation awards in public administration — twelve — than graduates from any other school. Our faculty enjoy national and international reputations, and the placement record for graduates is excellent.
Athens (Main Campus)
College / School:
School of Public & International Affairs
202 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602
Public Administration and Policy