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PhD Government and Public Policy

The PhD Government and Public Policy program from University of Arizona is designed to impart the skills and knowledge needed to teach and conduct research at academic institutions.

Quick Facts

 
Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

In keeping with the broad spectrum of research within SGPP, the PhD Government and Public Policy program from University of Arizona offers concentrations in the four major subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Administration and Policy, and courses in Political Philosophy, and Methodology.

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. We think that you will find our Ph.D. program to be one of the strongest in the nation.

School of Government and Public Policy

The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – Political Science and Public Administration and Policy – and bringing them under a single roof. Located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a new model for public affairs education by promoting high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.

Program Structure

  • Students must develop expertise in the subject matter of one of the subfields covered by the School.
  • Students must also develop expertise in a minor field of study. The student may select a minor from among those offered in the School or from any appropriate PhD minor offered at the University of Arizona.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of no less than 3.5 in all graduate course work (calculated at the end of each year).
  • Minimum requirements are; six semesters of full-time graduate study; 36 units of coursework in the major subject area, 9 units in the minor subject area, and 18 units of dissertation. Most students complete 100+ units.

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