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Now Accepting Applications for 2015!
Welcome to the web site of the Public and Social Policy Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University. This
new interdisciplinary program, within the College of Arts and Sciences, is home to a vibrant intellectual
community that is committed to academic excellence.
We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2015 Fall cohort. The new
Ph.D. program has five concentrations.
Students can choose one of the concentrations or they can combine two or more of the concentrations.
We offer a diverse set of classes and research opportunities related to Public and Social policy.
Please take some time and visit our web-pages to learn about the cutting-edge opportunities that are
available in the Public and Social Policy Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University.
J.S. Onésimo Sandoval and James F. Gilsinan
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.
Why a Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy?
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?