Walden’s PhD in Public Policy and Administration program will allow you to:

  • Gain a global perspective on U.S. best practices.
  • Pick up the skills needed to effectively advocate for change that positively impacts individuals and communities.
  • Network with expert faculty members and other doctoral students at face-to-face residencies.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 62 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 41 credits

  • Criminal Justice

    This specialization is designed for criminal justice professionals, including supervisors and managers in policing, courts, corrections, security, and associated support agencies, who aspire to move into upper-level management and administrative assignments.

  • Emergency Management

    This specialization is designed to teach you the proper skills needed to lead, manage, and motivate others in challenging situations.

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Through hands-on experiences, you will learn how to use GIS technology to develop maps, analyze geospatial data, and help people and organizations visualize, analyze, and interpret data to effect positive social change.

  • Global Leadership

    Prepare to help developing regions build modern, sustainable communities with a specialization in Global Leadership.

  • Health Policy

    Gain valuable knowledge about health delivery systems, health policy, health administration, and health finance centers so you can manage effectively and successfully in this unique environment.

  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination

    Explore the implementation of protective measures and policies that do not compromise individual rights and freedoms as well as collaboration between public security agencies.

  • International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)

    Explore how countries organize, regulate, and foster nongovernmental activities, and how international intergovernmental organizations operate.

  • Law and Public Policy

    Gain a solid background in legal concepts, cases, and current trends that will give you a head start if you decide to pursue a law degree or if you encounter legal questions in your workplace.

  • Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities

    Learn how to create and maintain sustainable communities that are environmentally sound, economically prosperous, and socially equitable.

  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership

    With this specialization, you will learn how to advance in the public or nonprofit sector by gaining an understanding of how to work with government and businesses to address commonly shared issues in today's society.

  • Policy Analysis

    This specialization provides an understanding of the critical context within which organizations and individuals act in a democratic society.

  • Public Management and Leadership

    Discover how transformative change occurs in complex public systems, and learn to use the language of leadership to motivate, inspire, and competently lead your organization and shape public policy.

  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

    Study how terrorism policies are drafted and enforced while you analyze the ethical issues related to human rights and the psychology of terrorism

Save time and money; ask your enrollment advisor how you can take advantage of a shorter path to completion, if you have earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Public Policy (MPP).

Learning Outcomes

Gain the management and leadership skills to help advance your career in public policy. This online doctoral program can enable you to:

  • Deepen your understanding of U.S. policy management practices.
  • Engage in coursework that incorporates global scenarios and viewpoints.
  • Learn from a diverse international faculty with experience developing public policy in the United States as well as abroad.
  • Conduct original research on a topic relevant to your interests and expertise, without the usual academic boundaries.

More about our PhD in Public Policy and Administration program

  • Career Options

    Whether you're interested in furthering your own research or entering the private sector, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration can position you for a range of careers. Career options include:*

    • College professor
    • Academic administrator
    • Senior-level public executive
    • Legislative aide
    • Government affairs officer
    • Senior-level nonprofit manager
    • Policy analyst
    • Research director
    • Private consultant

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into the PhD in Public Policy and Administration program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the PhD in Public Policy and Administration program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your PhD in Public Policy and Administration at Walden?

  • Accomplished Faculty

    100% of teaching faculty members hold doctoral degrees across a spectrum of specialty areas.

  • Exceptional Student Support

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Tau Upsilon Alpha

    We recognize students with membership in our chapter of the National Organization for Human Services Honor Society.



Having an advanced degree allowed me to gain new job duties and responsibilities,which will in turn help me in all areas of my life.

Meleny Thomas | PhD in Public Policy and Administration Student