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Ph.D. in Public Policy

Ph.D. in Public Policy

The Ph.D. in Public Policy at the LBJ School is a research-oriented doctorate that emphasizes the use of interdisciplinary theoretical and research paradigms in analyzing public policies.

Program Structure

Each Ph.D. student follows a program of coursework tailored to his or her individual needs and aims. Students are expected to participate full time in the program for at least the first two years. During that time they take courses in the LBJ School Ph.D. core sequence and in their area of specialization and complete qualifying exams. After successfully completing these requirements, students form supervising committees for their Ph.D. dissertations and devote the remainder of their time in the program to conducting research and writing the dissertation.

Degree Requirements & Admissions

For detailed information on the operational aspects of the program, review the downloadable PhD Handbook.

The Ph.D. Program Advisor is Dr. William Spelman.

Ph.D. Courses

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