The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Public Administration at Rutgers SPAA is a research degree. It trains prospective faculty and researchers. Before enrolling, applicants must have received an MPA or other relevant master's degree (e.g., political science, sociology, law, education and public health). The program gives special emphasis to training women and people of color.
Through disciplined research, the PhD in Public Administration seeks to expand the problem-solving capacities of universities, independent research organizations and government agencies. Such entities are routinely expected to conceptualize and carry out research relevant to the processes of:
The above stated overall purpose is in accord with, and underscored by, the "Policy on Doctoral Education in Public Affairs/Administration" of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Most core curriculum classes meet on Monday through Thursday afternoons. Field courses and electives offered through other departments usually meet in the early evenings. Students may also take elective offerings at other Rutgers campuses, with permission of the PhD Director.
Consideration of applications begins on February 1 for admission to the fall semester. Admissions decisions are not made for the spring semester. It is particularly important for applicants to have taken the GRE before submitting an application.
The Public Administration Graduate Program prepares individuals for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and to establish careers as effective scholars, researchers, and teachers. Learning/Program Goals are: