Graduate Program Information

The Ph.D. in Public Policy at UNC Charlotte prepares students to be researchers, decision makers and policy analysts in local, state or federal governments, not-for-profit agencies, for-profit institutions, and academia.  The Program stresses applied and empirical policy research grounded in an interdisciplinary theoretical foundation. Students will become versed in analytical techniques suitable for research and policy analysis to address substantive issues and problems in varied geographic and political contexts.

The program is designed to give students strong foundations in:

  • The institutions, processes, and ethics associated with public policy
  • Economic analysis
  • Analytic skills (e.g.  advanced statistical methods, GIS, program evaluation, research design, causal inference, and qualitative methods, social media and text analytics)
  • Interdisciplinary  knowledge in policy research domains
  • Applied communication, writing, and research team skills

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please see the information below:

Doctorate

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