2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) 
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2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) [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


To create and maintain thriving communities, leaders and managers must have the vision and skill to plan, develop policies, implement programs and services, and manage resources effectively. Leaders in public service and all sectors of society should be grounded in scientific inquiry and scholarship.

The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program prepares students to meet the challenges of creating and providing programs and services in an increasingly complex and collaborative environment. The program educates students on critical public policy issues and the latest best practices to promote social change through effective, forward-thinking leadership and management.

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
  • 16 units of academic residency (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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