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Waldens Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration prepares you to become an innovative public policy creator who can find effective solutions and make a difference in the life of communities. Prepare to meet the challenges of governance and service delivery anywhere in the world. This program is taught by a diverse faculty of scholar-practitioners, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, with experience in developing effective public policy nationally and internationally. Coursework explores public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context. Gain expertise in policy management and apply your knowledge to problems facing the world.
Attain a new level of credibility and influence in your field and benefit from exciting new career opportunities as a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader in the private, public, or non-profit sector. This program addresses the needs of international students looking to gain knowledge of U.S. practices as well as local students looking for a broad international perspective. Learn how to develop sustainable solutions to current pressing social issues.
Specializations (in addition to the General Program)
Choose any three specialization courses from the programs specializations to meet your personal and professional goals.
- Global Leadership
- Criminal Justice
- Emergency Management
- Health Policy
- Homeland Security Policy
- Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
- Interdisciplinary Policy Studies
- International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Law and Public Policy
- Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities
- Nonprofit Management and Leadership
- Policy Analysis
- Public Management and Leadership
- Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace
Why choose the Criminal Justice specialization?
The Criminal Justice specialization is designed for criminal justice professionals, including supervisors and managers who work in the field of policing, courts, corrections, security, and associated support agencies. This program will help them advance into upper-level management and administrative roles. Benefit from an in-depth review and discussion of contemporary decision-making models and understand issues related to the criminal justice system.
This Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration can position you for a range of careers, including:
- College professor
- Academic administrator
- Senior level public executive
- Legislative aide
- Government affairs officer
- Senior level non-profit manager
- Policy analyst
- Research director
- Private consultant
- 82 total quarter credits
- Core courses (35 cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 cr.)
- Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
- Dissertation (20 cr.)
- Professional Development Plan
- Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days
- Minimum of 8-9 quarters enrollment depending on the transfer of credits awarded
Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
Admission requirements for Waldens programs vary but generally include the following:
- Official transcript(s)
- Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts
- A masters degree or higher
- Applicable test scores
- Completed online application
- Employment history
- List of transfer credits
English Language RequirementsIELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79
At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.
Three years of related professional or academic experience.
Technological RequirementsAccess to a computer and the Internet
At Walden, our goal is to help you reach yours. From your first inquiry about your online program, through every step in your studies, you can benefit from our wide range of student support services designed to help you succeed in attaining your degree online.
Founded in 1970, Walden University is a global leader in student-centred online education. A regionally accredited institution in the United States, Walden University attracts a community of extraordinary students and faculty from around the world.
Our quality online programs feature nationally recognized experts, accomplished faculty, and visionary leadersall professionals who are dedicated to upholding the universitys high academic standards.
Walden Universitys mission is to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change. Three valuesquality, integrity, and student-centred approachare at the core of the university. A commitment to these values demands high standards of excellence, uncompromising openness and honesty, and primary attention to the progress of our students.
Accreditation is an important hallmark of quality. When evaluating credentials, employers and universities often look for applicants who earned their degrees from accredited universities.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The North Central Association is one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The North Central Association is a U.S. membership organization for educational institutions that was created to develop and maintain high standards of academic excellence.