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Public Administration (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Details

Credits Required: 48
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Industry Highlights

  • More than 2,600 WMU School of Public Affairs and Administration alumni have entered positions in government, health care, nonprofit, and more.

Become a thought leader in Public Administration

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration program is to give students a deep and pervasive knowledge of the history, theory, practice, and future of the field. The curriculum encourages broad intellectual inquiry with a scholarly perspective and seeks to prepare students for careers in teaching, academia, administration, and consulting.

Why Public Administration at Western Michigan University

The School of Public Affairs and Administration at WMU offers Michigan's only doctoral education program specifically in public administration. This program has been graduating students for nearly three decades.

PhD Mission

The mission of the PhD program is to give students a deep and extensive knowledge of the history, theory, practice, and future of the field of Public Administration. This interdisciplinary program is designed to encourage broad intellectual inquiry with a scholarly perspective.

Who should apply

The doctoral program is designed for:

  • Those who have experience in a supervisory or administrative position with a federal, state, or local government or nonprofit agency
  • Those who wish to teach public administration at the college or university level
  • Individuals with a broad range of intellectual interests

The program is structured to provide decision makers and future professors with a more sophisticated understanding of the governing process.

Multiple options are available

Courses are offered in Battle Creek, with electives available in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Lansing.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.