Public and Social Policy Program
The Public and Social Policy program provides a Catholic, Jesuit education to prepare students to engage with significant social and political problems. The program prepares students to tackle some of the biggest problems of our times, including persistent poverty both in American cities and in poor countries around the world, urban renewal, racial and ethnic inequality, and health disparities. The Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy prepares students for scholarly and leadership roles in government, universities, research, and public service organizations by providing them with multiple disciplinary perspectives, advanced methodological skills, and the ability to conduct original research in an academic or applied setting. Students will learn how quality research can inform both basic and policy-related questions, and they will have the ability to share their knowledge with both academic and non-academic audiences.
Whether you choose to shape public policy practice, tackle the challenges of cities in crisis, or make an impact on international development, the Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy provides the necessary tools to make a real difference. Are you ready for the challenge?
All students will take six required core classes, focusing on methodology and policy theory, plus an additional core class in their area of concentration. Students will choose one of five possible concentrations: Public Administration, Urban and Community Development Policy, International Development Policy, Health Policy, and Policy and Geo-Spatial Analysis. More information under Curriculum.
Program faculty and students have been involved in over $8 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.
In addition to its own core faculty, the program includes joint appointed faculty from the Schools of Business, Law, Public Health, and Social Work and the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. This interweaving of paradigms enhances the educational experience, and provides the versatility in analysis and reasoning essential for addressing the complex challenges of the policy environment. More information under Faculty.
Is the Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy right for you?
Students entering the program must already have earned a master's degree in the social sciences or a related professional field. If you have not, you might consider earning one of these degrees at SLU. More information under Master's Degree Programs.
See if you meet the admissions requirements under Admissions.