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The Public and Social Policy program provides a Catholic, Jesuit education to prepare students to engage with signficant 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?
The Ph.D program in Public Policy Studies at Saint Louis University is committed to excellence in education and research. The program recognizes the need for new and innovative ideas in education and therefore provides an interdisciplinary range of experiences for its students.
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.