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PhD Program
Public Policy

The PhD in Public Policy is the new name for the PhD in Law and Public Policy (effective Fall 2018), and is an interdisciplinary social science program for individuals interested in analyzing and formulating policy through research in academia or a variety of other high-level professional settings.

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The wide-ranging faculty can support students’ research and dissertations in the broad areas of urban policy and regional economic development, sustainability and climate change, health policy, crime, social justice and inequality, and the intersection of law and policy.

The PhD program in Public Policy is geared towards those few individuals who have the passion and willingness to dig deep as they seek the truth in their field of policy interest; who want to master the skills necessary to analyze and formulate policy and to advance knowledge at the top of their fields; and who have the determination to devote the time and energy needed to successfully complete a rigorous doctoral program.

Housed in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, this interdisciplinary program offers several concentrations with sound foundations in research methodology. The wide-ranging faculty in the Policy School can support students’ research and dissertations in many fields – urban policy and regional economic development, sustainability and climate change, health policy, crime, social justice and inequality, and the intersection of law and policy.

Students work with faculty members to formulate a plan of study within their field of concentration by choosing courses from graduate programs offered in the Policy School, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and in other colleges and schools at Northeastern University. Students also study a common body of knowledge developed in core courses on policy, research methods, and law. The School’s research centers and faculty members’ research projects provide opportunities for students to develop insight, experience, and synergies to help with their own research goals. The College and School provide a high level of support allowing all students to be devoted full-time to their studies and research.

Students engage in a number of different experiential activities:

  • Field Work — Our doctoral students gain real-world experience conducting field work and working with faculty on cutting-edge research.
  • In-Class Case Studies — Professors integrate case studies, small group exercises, and applied projects into the classroom to add a real-world perspective to the coursework.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • Application fee – US $75.00
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • English proficiency for international applicants
  • Special Questions—as noted on the Supplementary Section
  • Master’s, JD, MBA, MPA preferred

Application

Admissions deadline for Fall term entry: January 4

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