Interdisciplinary. Experiential. Scholarly focused.
Northeastern’s PhD in Public Policy is a selective, full-time, in-residence doctoral program for individuals interested in academic careers or in conducting policy-relevant research in high-level professional settings such as think tanks, nonprofit organizations, private sector firms, and a range of government institutions. The Program equips students with the skills to solve issues of pressing concern to society at local, national, and international levels, from health care, sustainability and resilience, to transportation, housing and community development.
Students take core courses in policy theory, quantitative and qualitative methods, and research design, and specialize in one of three concentrations: Sustainability and Resilience, Urban and Regional Policy, and Health Care Policy and Management. Students develop insight, experience, and synergies while working with faculty on key research projects or working at any of the School’s research centers. The School provides a high level of support, allowing students to excel in their studies and research.
- Become versed in the foundational knowledge in public policy as a field of inquiry sufficient to contribute to its continued evolution and relevance
- Obtain deep and nuanced expertise in a specified subject area
- Develop the methodological tools to enable policy-relevant research in high-level professional settings
- Understand and reveal structural and historical inequities in the particular area of focus
- Identify issues of pressing concern to society at local, national, and international levels.
Applications for Fall 2021 are no longer being accepted.
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