Ph.D in Public Policy and Management

Doctor of Philosophy in
Public Policy and Management (Ph.D. – PPM)


Julie Zissimopoulos

Dr. Julie Zissimopoulos
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs,
Faculty Director of USC Price Ph.D. programs

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.

The PPM education emphasizes student engagement in world-renowned research centers, faculty mentoring, faculty-student collaboration in research, and a strong multidisciplinary perspective. 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 U.S. and the world.

Fields of Study

Working closely with faculty mentors, PPM students focus on and develop substantive expertise in core areas that leverage the Price School’s renowned research strengths in:

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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 »