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PhD in Government & Public Policy

Overview: 
PhD in Government & Public Policy
The primary goal of the doctoral program is to produce graduates who are prepared for careers in research and instruction in the education, government, and non-profit sectors. The SGPP faculty welcomes applications from talented candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds. While a prior degree in political science or public administration is not necessary, it is strongly recommended that applicants have completed at least some course work in related fields and subjects. All SGPP PhD students receive teaching or research assistantships that include a stipend, a tuition waiver, and health insurance. Funds are also available to support travel for conference participation and specialized training in methodology.
 
Additional opportunities for networking and professional experience include the Consortium on Collaborative Governance, the Four Corners Conflict Network, the Southwest Workshop on Mixed Methods Research, the SGPP Research Center, and two journals housed within SGPP: Policy Studies Journal, and Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.
 
Our PhD program is designed to provide broad and rigorous training in five sub-fields:
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Administration and Policy
  • Methodology.
 
Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Successful Dissertation defense outcomes will include:

1: Demonstrate mastery of the scholarly research within the student’s area of study.
2: Demonstrate advanced competency in research methods and statistics
3: Develop the skills necessary to conduct independent and innovative research
4: Develop the skills to be high-quality teachers
5: Develop the expertise necessary to evaluate research within the student’s area of study
 
Assessment Activities: 

 

Map of PhD Degree Courses to Student Learning Outcomes

Courses and milestones

Assessment Activities

Student Learning Outcomes

LO 1

LO 2

LO 3

LO 4

LO 5

POL 600, 620, 640, 660

Writing Assignments

2

 

 

1

2

POL 680

Research proposal

 

1

3

 

2

POL 681, POL 682, POL 683

Examinations

 

3

2

 

 

POL 697A, POL 697B, POL 697C

Professional workshops

 

 

1

3

 

Second year project

Oral Presentation, research paper

1

2

2

1

2

Various teaching assistantships

Teaching assistance

1

 

 

3

 

Comprehensive examinations

Written and oral examinations

3

3

 

3

3

Dissertation

Dissertation prospectus and final product

3

3

3

 

3

 

*The numerals 1, 2, and 3 within the table indicate the level at which the outcomes are addressed: 1 indicates a lower-level, 2 indicates a moderate-level, and 3 indicates a higher level.

 

Updated date: Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:54