PhD Program – Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Public Administration at Rutgers SPAA is a research degree. It trains students for careers as scholars, researchers, and teachers in the diverse and dynamic field of public management and administration.
Specifically, the Learning/Program Goals are:
- The development and attainment of research, scholarship and teaching skills in the field of public administration
- Conducting and producing original research
- Professional career preparation
Through disciplined research, the PhD in Public Administration produces scholars who expand the knowledge base and problem-solving capacities of universities, independent research organizations, and government and nonprofit agencies. Such entities are routinely expected to conceptualize and carry out research relevant to the processes of acquiring human, fiscal and informational resources; utilizing those resources efficiently and effectively; and producing desired social and policy outcomes.
Rutgers SPAA is one of the top-ranked schools in public management and leadership and nonprofit management in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report. We have a widely published and internationally recognized core faculty, and our doctoral graduates are teaching and gaining tenure at dozens of universities throughout the United States and around the world. We are also proud that the Rutgers-Newark campus is one of the most diverse in the U.S., and that our PhD program contributes substantially to that diversity. We encourage applications from women and people of color, as well as international students.
The PhD requires 48 credits of course work beyond the attainment of a relevant master’s degree and 12 dissertation research credits for a total of 60 credit hours. (The program previously required 24 dissertation research credits. The reduction of 12 credits becomes effective in September 2020, pending State approval). Up to 9 transfer credits from the master's degree are allowed. Most core curriculum classes meet on Monday through Thursday afternoons. Some electives meet in the evenings. Students may also take elective offerings at other Rutgers departments.
For course descriptions and prerequisites see Courses.