Overview of the Program

The School of Government and Public Policy is home to expertise in public administration, public policy, and political science. The School serves as a role model in promoting high-caliber research, teaching, and community outreach. Faculty are highly-productive and widely recognized scholars who publish on a regular basis in top-ranked professional journals and prestigious university presses; they are actively engaged in a range of externally-funded research projects; and they hold prominent leadership positions in major professional organizations.

The SGPP faculty welcomes talented candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds. While a prior degree in political science or public administration is not necessary, it is strongly recommended that applicants have completed at least some course work in related fields and subjects.

The School of Government and Public Policy considers graduate training and mentorship to be one of its primary objectives. We invite you to learn more about our program by viewing the information provided on this website or by contacting us directly. 

The PhD program is designed to impart the skills and knowledge needed to teach and conduct research at academic institutions. In keeping with the board spectrum of research within SGPP, the PhD program offers concentrations in the four major subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Administration and Policy, and courses in Research Methodology.

SGPP offers PhD students:

- Renowned faculty with a broad array of research interests and specialties.

- An array of methodological specialists across the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, with expertise in quantitative, qualitative, network, and GIS methods.

- An interdisciplinary focus, with encouragement to interact with, and take a minor subfield in, other departments.

- A competitive stipend and benefits package through assistantships, fellowships, and teaching opportunities.

- Access to SGPP research centers.

- Travel and research funding opportunities.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Director of the PhD Program:

Dr. Christopher Weber


SGPP Main Office: 520-621-7600