2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (Course-Based)

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“My Walden experience has transformed my vision of public health practice, helped me to redefine my role as a public health practitioner, and rekindled a sense of pride in my profession.”

Stephen Mucheke
Ph.D. in Public Health Student


The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program is designed to prepare students to address the challenges of governance and service delivery that exist both in the U.S. and around the world. Coursework explores public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context, enabling students to gain expertise in effective U.S. policy management and the ability to apply those insights to problems facing the world at large. The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration can position students for career opportunities in research, higher education, or administration in the private, public, or nonprofit sector. Students in this program may choose a specialization that fits their personal and/or career objectives.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss leadership concepts and theories that have been used to effectively lead and manage in the public sector.
  2. Analyze evidence-based research, theories, and models used to promote participation in public and nonprofit policy processes.
  3. Develop solutions for problems related to public policy and public administration using theory and research.
  4. Ethically apply the major theories and concepts of public policy and public administration within organizations.
  5. Evaluate models and best practices utilizing diverse perspectives in local, state, national, and international public agencies by using evidence-based research.

Degree Requirements

  • 82 total quarter credit hours
  • Program of study
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
  • Advanced Research course (4 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Minimum enrollment of 8 quarters enrollment, depending on the transfer of credits awarded
  • Four 4-day residencies

Core Curriculum

Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)

Courses composing the Foundation Research Sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8100P must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200P and RSCH 8300P must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (4 cr.)

All Ph.D. students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses; individual programs may have other advanced options. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.

One of the following three courses is required:

Dissertation (20 cr.)

Program Data

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