2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    
    Oct 21, 2019  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Policy Analysis–PPA


Return to: PhD in Public Policy and Administration (PPA)  

Policy shapes the workings of government and its partners. This specialization provides a critical context within which organizations and individuals act in a democratic society. It will prepare students to function knowledgeably within this context and to work collaboratively to help shape public policy development and implementation.

Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1 PPPA 8004 - Foundations for Doctoral Studies OR PPPA 8004I - Foundations for Doctoral Studies for International Students  3 cr. 
PPPA 8405 - Ethics and Social Justice♦  5 cr. 
2 PPPA 8431 - Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector♦  5 cr. 
PPPA 8465 - Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination♦  5 cr. 
3 PPPA 8111 - Leadership and Organizational Change♦  5 cr. 
PPPA 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus  5 cr. 
4 PPPA 8112 - Governance and Public Policy♦  5 cr. 
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and AnalysisOR RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and AnalysisOR RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  5 cr. 
5 PPPA 8380 - Policy and Politics in American Political Institutions  5 cr. 
PPPA 8381 - Public Policy and Evaluation  5 cr. 
6 PPPA 8382 - Public Policy and Finance  5 cr. 
RSCH 8100 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods OR RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  5 cr. 
7 RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis OR RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr. 
RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.
8+ PPPA 9000 - Dissertation* 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.