Choose from 13 specializations in our PhD in Public Policy and Administration degree program and build your expertise in the field you're passionate about.
Through our online PhD in Public Policy and Administration program, you can take the lead in developing sustainable solutions to improve people’s quality of life today and ensure a better tomorrow.
This online public policy PhD program can prepare you to meet the challenges of governance and public service in the United States and around the world. Gain a detailed understanding of public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context.
Earning your online PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden can position you to attain a new level of influence in your field. Become a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader in the private, public, or nonprofit sector.1
With our online PhD in Public Policy and Administration program, you can gain the knowledge and credentials that will help you change your world—and the world around you.
Graduates of this public policy PhD program will be prepared to:
Whether you’re interested in furthering your own research or entering the private sector, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration can position you for a range of careers.
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
The ability to transfer credit at Walden from your coursework or credentials can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education.
Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) do not hold a MPA/MPP or (2) hold a MPA/MS NPML from Walden or a MPP/MPA from another accredited university.
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.