Public Policy and Management
Doctor of Philosophy in
Public Policy and Management (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management (PPM) produces researchers and scholars who provide innovative solutions to societal problems and improve governance. Through a rigorous core of institutional, policy, and management theory and strong methodological training, PPM students develop the foundation to advance knowledge in public affairs.
Working closely with faculty mentors, PPM students develop substantive expertise in core areas within the Price School of Public Policy or within a related disciplinary field in another USC department. Examples include:
- Civic engagement
- Economic development
- Health management and policy
- Homeland security
- International development
- Network theory
- Nonprofits and philanthropy
- Social policy
- Sustainability and the environment
- Transportation and infrastructure
Research and teaching seminars along with faculty/student workshops to support dissertation development ensure that graduates are prepared for positions at leading research universities and institutes through the US and the world. USC Price graduates hold tenure-track positions at University of Georgia, University of Kansas, University of Southern California, University of Texas-Austin, City University of New York, Peking University, Seoul National University and research positions at the Public Policy Institute of California, the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (federally funded Homeland Security Center) and the Korean Institute for Public Administration.
Incoming Ph.D. students are fully supported for four years through a graduate assistantship that provides for tuition, stipends, and health and dental insurance.
Students beyond their fourth year of study are supported through teaching or research assistantships, or funding from USC or other outside sources. Learn more about funding »