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Program Links• College of Arts and Sciences
• School of Public Affairs and Administration
• Program Requirements and Course Descriptions
Location(s) Offered• Battle Creek
Program Type(s)• Face-to-face
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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 doctoral program is designed both for those who have experience in a supervisory or administrative position with a federal, state, or local government or nonprofit agency and for those wishing to teach public administration in a college or university setting.
The Ph.D. in Public Administration is intended to:
Applicants should obtain a doctoral student information packet from the School of Public Affairs and Administration for complete details concerning admissions. The following criteria will be used to fill available spaces in the program with the best possible candidates. In order to be competitive, applicants must:
All application materials should be submitted by April 30 to ensure consideration for the fall semester. Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis while earlier applications may be required for a student to meet university financial aid deadlines.