Saint Louis University

Public Policy Analysis and Administration (Public Policy Studies) | Doctor of Philosophy Degree


Advances in technology, complex social issues, and the changes in public demands create the need for highly skilled and creative administrators in the public and private sectors.

Public Policy Studies at Saint Louis University is committed to excellence in education and research to address these challenges.

Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: July 1 (International: May 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or GMAT or LSAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Interview (desired)
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: Nov. 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: No admittance
E-mail: pps@slu.edu
Tel. No.: 314.977.3931
Chair: Scott Cummings, Ph.D.


Assistantship Application Deadline:
February 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE or GMAT or LSAT scores
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Public Policy Studies Application Review Process: Applications are reviewed by committee of Public Policy Studies Dept. faculty members

Credit Hours/Coursework: Most doctoral students take a minimum of 36 hours of graduate work above previous master's level work and exclusive of the dissertation. Prerequisites include graduate-level inferential statistics, graduate-level research methodology, micro or macro economics, computer literacy and data processing sills, budgeting and finance and significant policymaking experience. | Doctorate in Public Policy Analysis (Ph.D.)

Program Description: Advancing technology, a complex pattern of social problems, and the changing service oriented set of public demands have created the need for highly skilled and creative administrators in the public and private sectors. | Public Policy Studies Programs Offered

Careers Possibilities: Graduates of our programs work in a variety of settings in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. Many alumni are employed by municipalities in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Others have worked for the St. Louis Community Development Agency, Regional Justice Information Service, U.S. Small Business Administration, investment companies, private developers and planning firms, foundations, community organizations and in the health care arena. Additionally, the Department's roots in the St. Louis region provide a network of alumni to assist students with internships and career development. | Public Policy Studies: Career Outreach | Career Services

Curriculum & Program Details: The Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Administration is designed for individuals with mid-level policy experience who are capable of both sharing and expanding their policy backgrounds through rigorous research and conceptual analysis. The program offers four areas of concentrations: policy analysis and administration; policy research and evaluation; urban and community development policy; and health policy. | Public Policy Studies

About the Public Policy Studies -- Core Faculty: Faculty in the Department of Public Policy Studies are outstanding teachers, nationally recognized researchers and dedicated practitioners. Our faculty members hold degrees in economics, policy analysis, political science, public administration, sociology, and urban planning. In addition to our core faculty, we have faculty members from the Schools of Business, Law, Public Health, Social Service, and from the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Graduate students may be eligible for departmental tuition remission grants or fellowships and research assistantships with tuition remission and stipends. Intra-university research and administrative grants are also available. These provide both tuition remission and a stipend and are available through the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department of Public Policy Studies. Those interested in pursuing such grants should apply through the Department of Public Policy Studies. | Financial Aid Information | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights:  There are many opportunities for students to be engaged in community-based projects due to the department's wide-ranging affiliations. Students and faculty also have many opportunities to interact and exchange ideas through the department's student planning organization, annual one-day retreat, and research colloquia with presentations by scholars from Saint Louis University and beyond. Also, department faculty and students have been involved in over $9 million of funded research including projects for the United States Department of Labor, the United States Department of Education, the Brookings Institute, and a variety of regional, state, and local public and private entities. | Public Policy Studies Resources | Geographic Informations Systems Laboratory

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