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Why Get a Ph.D.?

The mission of the Ph.D. program is to give students a deep and pervasive knowledge of the history, theory, practice, and future of the field of Public Administration. This inter-disciplinary program is designed to encourage broad intellectual inquiry with a scholarly perspective.

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 wishing to teach public administration in a college or university setting, and for those 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.