Academics

Public Policy, PhD

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Commitment to Social Change

Our commitment to social change is anchored in our applied policy curriculum which addresses inequities for underserved groups and vulnerable populations. This commitment stands out in the two-semester, practicum class in which doctoral students gain experience in professional-quality, applied research for a real-world client, 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 and economic philosophies and theories of public policy and emphasizes a commitment to multicultural perspectives and a focus on state and local policy issues.

Small Classes:

UMass Boston’s Public Policy Program is dedicated to the personal and intellectual growth of a small group of students. A maximum of ten to twelve students 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
  • Multi-cultural approaches to public policy
  • Personal and intellectual growth of our students

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