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Walden’s 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 program’s 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 Policy Analysis specialization?

The Policy Analysis specialization prepares students to understand the how governments and its partners work together. Gain an understanding of the context within which organizations and individuals function in a democratic society. Learn how to best work collaboratively to help shape public policy development and implementation.

Study outcomes

  • Explore public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context.
  • Gain insight into effective U.S. policy management.
  • Apply gained knowledge to problems facing the world at large.
  • Learn from a global faculty of doctoral-level scholar-practitioners.
  • Tailor your dissertation to your own interests and expertise.
  • Career options

    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


    Completion Requirements

    • 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.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

    • Official transcript(s)
    • Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts
    • A master's degree or higher
    • Applicable test scores
    • Completed online application
    • Employment history
    • List of transfer credits

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

    Work Experience

    At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.

    Three years of related professional or academic experience.

    Technological Requirements

    Access 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.

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    Walden University’s 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 values—quality, integrity, and student-centred approach—are 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.


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    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.

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