The Ph.D. program in Public Policy and Management requires the completion of 60 units of coursework comprising the following elements:
- – master core in a substantive field (15-17 units)
– theoretical core (11 units)
– methodology (10-12 units)
– field/specialization courses (9-12 units)
– teaching seminar (2 units)
– research seminar (4 units)
– dissertation (4 units minimum)
Prerequisites (15-17 units)
While a master’s degree is not required, students entering the doctoral program without a relevant masters degree will be required to complete 15-17 units of prerequisites relevant to their program.
For the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, possible courses include:
- 500 – Intersectoral Leadership
- 501ab – Economics for Policy, Planning & Development
- 525 – Statistics and Arguing from Data
- 540 – Public Administration & Society
- 542 – Policy & Program Evaluation
- 554 – Introduction to Policy Analysis
- 555 – Public Policy Formulation & Implementation
Theoretical Core Courses (11 units)
- PUAD 675 – Institutional Context of the Public Sector – 4 units
- MOR 602 – Organization Theory – 3 units
- PPD 712 – Seminar in Public Policy – 4 units
Methodology Courses (10-12 units)
- PPD 706 – Paradigms of Research and the Design of Inquiry – 4 units
- PPD 558 – Multivariate Statistical Analysis or
- ECON 511 – Econometric Methods – 4 units
- One additional methods course selected with guidance committee approval (2-4 units)
Field Courses (9-12 units)
Students select three courses of field courses which can be used to develop disciplinary expertise related to specialization interest, or additional methodological expertise. Fields are developed with Guidance Committee approval, can include any combination of USC Price and outside courses, and are unique to each student.
Research Seminar (4 units)
Students will take PPD 710ab (2 units each, 4 total units), the USC Price research seminar course.
Teaching Seminar (2 units)
Students will take two semesters of the teaching seminar, PPD 700ab (1 unit each, 2 total units).
Doctoral Dissertation All students will produce a doctoral dissertation based on original research on an issue relevant to public policy, public management, or from an interdisciplinary perspective. The dissertation must adhere to the format prescribed the Graduate School.