The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration program is to give students a deep and pervasive knowledge of the history, theory, practice, and future of the field. The curriculum encourages broad intellectual inquiry with a scholarly perspective and seeks to prepare students for careers in teaching, academia, administration, and consulting.
The School of Public Affairs and Administration at WMU offers Michigan's only doctoral education program specifically in public administration. This program has been graduating students for nearly three decades.
The mission of the PhD program is to give students a deep and extensive knowledge of the history, theory, practice, and future of the field of Public Administration. This interdisciplinary program is designed to encourage broad intellectual inquiry with a scholarly perspective.
The doctoral program is designed for:
The program is structured to provide decision makers and future professors with a more sophisticated understanding of the governing process.
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.