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Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs


The PhD in Public Affairs program is a rigorous, researchoriented degree offered through the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

The skills and knowledge gained in the Public Affairs doctoral program will allow students to interface between the traditions of public management, public policy and organizations, while providing a practical appreciation for the challenges of maintaining and building institutions of governance and a civic culture in a complex democratic world.

Graduates of the PhD program will be prepared for research-oriented careers in academia, policy analysis and executive public/nonprofit management.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Public Affairs

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Public Affairs Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Master's degree in public affairs and social science from an accredited university preferred

GPA: Minimum of 3.0

Test score required: Yes

Minimum verbal score of 156 and quantitative score of 146 on the GRE

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Due to the cohort nature of the program, admissions are limited to the fall semester only. The application deadline for students seeking funding through assistantships is March 31. Applications for international students must be received by May 1 and June 1 for all required documentation. The application deadline for U.S. citizens and residents is July 1 for all documentation. These deadlines must be followed to ensure applications are given full consideration. 


Laurel Brown
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office - GR 2.242

Degree Information:
Dr. Donald Arbuckle, Clinical Professor and PhD Advisor
Office - GR 2.610

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Professor, Researcher and Policy Advisor in government sector.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.