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Ph.D. in Public Policy Program

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The Ph.D. in Public Policy at UNC Charlotte is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the study of policy development, implementation, and evaluation.  It stresses the development of skills, tools, and specialties, as well as a theoretical understanding of them, that contribute to our understanding of the structure of institutional systems and sub-systems and of how policy should be shaped within political environments.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to be leaders in public policy scholarship, to achieve excellence in public policy doctoral education and, through both, to advance the design and conduct of public policy application and research in a local, regional, state, national and international context. 

Our vision is that political leaders, policy actors, and engaged citizens will come to Public Policy at UNC Charlotte, the state’s urban research university, for scholars who can provide reliable, innovative, non-partisan policy research, training and evaluation on issues of concern to the local, regional, state, national and international community.


  • Commitment to openness, honesty, forthrightness, and the highest standards of integrity and ethical professional behavior in all that we do.
  • Maintain a professional, collegial, respectful, and inclusive community.
  • Promote communication, cooperation, and collaborations among faculty members and between faculty members and students in this interdisciplinary program.
  • Promote the application of public policy scholarship and methods to the improvement of policy development, evaluation, and research.
  • Support public policy students and faculty in their efforts to study, research, develop, apply, and teach the principles, findings, and methods of public policy scholarship.
  • Value all types of high quality research from various disciplines be it qualitative, quantitative, lab-based, field-based, micro in-orientation, macro in-orientation, very basic, or very applied.
  • Maintain and foster our interdisciplinary foundation.
  • Commitment to thoughtfulness, reflection, flexibility, and the rigorous scrutiny of ideas.


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Project Mosaic - UNC Charlotte recently launched a new initiative to enhance its social and behavioral science research. Project Mosaic was established to support and spearhead this initiative across disciplinary boundaries. The founding of Project Mosaic will crystallize the formation of collaborative and cross-disciplinary research teams across campus. In support of this mission, Project Mosaic will develop several initiatives and programs that will be announced in the near future. The project’s web page will be an essential mode of information dissemination.


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