Public Policy, PhD


Commitment to Social Justice

Our commitment to social justice is anchored in our applied policy curriculum which addresses inequities for underserved groups and vulnerable populations. Our doctoral students-passionate about a certain policy field-gain experience in professional-quality, applied research leading to actionable policy recommendations and journal-quality publications.

Unique Features of Public Policy PhD Program

Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design:

The program provides a solid grounding in a wide range of political, sociological, and economic philosophies and theories of public policy, qualitative and quantitive methods, and emphasizes a commitment to multicultural perspectives and a focus on state and local policy issues.

Small Diverse Classes:

UMass Boston’s Public Policy Program is dedicated to the personal and intellectual growth of a small group of students. A maximum of 10-12 students—many from diverse backgrounds, countries, and with rich work experiences to share—are enrolled in a new cohort each year.

Full or Part-Time Study:

Our doctoral program is designed primarily for full-time study, though part-time study is available for students looking for a reduced course load.

The UMass Boston PhD Program in Public Policy emphasizes:

  • Solid grounding in political economy
  • Appropriate attention to theory, applied principles, and technical skills
  • Interdisciplinary study
  • Mixed methods and multicultural approaches to public policy
  • Personal and intellectual growth of our students

Why I Chose UMass Boston

McCormack Grad School proudly profiles alumna Jennifer Shea (Public Policy, PhD) in "Alumni Achievements" feature Read More 

Why UMass Boston?

Exterior of University Hall

University Hall

Students are now taking classes in University Hall.

Classes in the new University Hall further enhance the learning experience of our students.

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