Why Get a Ph.D. in Public Administration?

The mission of the Ph.D. in public administration program is to give students a deep and pervasive 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.

The Ph.D. program offered by the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University 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 those 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.