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Public Administration

PhD Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration at Rutgers SPAA is a research degree. The degree prepares students for careers as scholars, researchers, and teachers in diverse and dynamic fields of public affairs and administration.

The program trains students to contribute to these fields through:

  • effective research and teaching in public affairs and administration,

  • the production of original, innovative, and high-quality research, and

  • the dissemination of their scholarly work.


In doing so, students in the PhD in Public Administration are able to expand the knowledge base and problem-solving capacities of colleges and universities, independent research institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.


Lindsey M. McDougle, PhD,

PhD Program Director

School of Public Affairs and Administration

111 Washington Street

Phone: 973-353-5336


Website: Public Administration PhD

General Information

Degree Offered: Ph.D.

Degree Credit Requirements

Ph.D.: 60 credits

Career Opportunities 

Rutgers SPAA is among the top-ranked schools in public management and administration in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report. We have a widely published and internationally recognized core faculty, and our doctoral graduates are teaching and gaining tenure at dozens of universities throughout the United States and around the world.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Before enrolling, applicants must have earned an MPA or other relevant master's degree. GRE required.

Application DEADLINE

January 10th

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