The Schar School’s doctoral program in public policy prepares its graduates for positions of significant responsibility in academia, government, and the private and public sectors. Its focus is on analytical and research-based approaches to public policy. The Schar School seeks to understand the underlying determinants of public policy choices, to analyze and improve the implementation of policy, and to identify and assess new opportunities to address emerging issues.
The program places heavy emphasis on research methods and scholarly literature, effective professional communication to both expert and lay audiences, and an interdisciplinary approach that accounts for all significant dimensions of policy issues. Policy understanding and appreciation is informed by theory and philosophy, model building, and historical and real-world knowledge of specific circumstances, cases, and issues. In addition to focused studies and research in specific areas of concentration, the program requires advanced preparation in the culture and value choices inherent in public policy-making, comparative analysis of public policy problems, and international dimensions of policy issues. For information on concentrations, degree requirements, and other program details, please visit the links below.
Additional Resources for Public Policy PhD Students:
- PhD 101 Designed to launch Schar School students successfully into their doctoral programs, PhD 101 supplements the important information incoming students receive during Orientation and serves as a reference for current students throughout their time in the program.
- Public Policy PhD Handbooks and Forms Public Policy doctoral program resources include yearly publication of PhD handbooks and forms. These comprehensive guides include most of the requirements and rules pertaining to the Doctoral Program in Public Policy at George Mason University.
- Public Policy PhD Milestone Guide PhD Milestone Guide has been developed to guide Public Policy doctoral students through key steps in the degree process, such as what comes after completion of the field exam, and defending a dissertation proposal.