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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs

PhD in Public Affairs

Welcome to the PhD program at the School of Public Affairs! The PhD program requires an intensive commitment of time and effort. It is designed to serve:
  • People who seek academic appointments to further the field of public administration, public policy and public management through teaching and research

  • Scholar-practitioners working in government, private sector organizations concerned with government and nonprofit organizations

  • Policy analysts in government, private sector organizations and nonprofit organizations.

In this program, you will acquire the skills for an expanded leadership role in public affairs. The program will help you master the scholarly theory, concepts and research skills required to teach other practitioners, and provide the skills necessary to research and analyze complex public sector challenges. As in every SPA program, theory is closely tied to practice and emphasizes skill development.

Upon completion of the program, you will have demonstrated:

1. The ability to effectively communicate your knowledge and skills orally and in writing;

2. Your ability to formulate and implement a high-quality research design and effectively analyze and communicate the results of your research to your peers and to faculty;

3. Extensive background knowledge and analytical skills in areas relevant to public administration, public management, and public policy, specifically:

    • The historical and comparative foundations of public administration

    • Contemporary literature, concepts, and theories of public management

    • Contemporary literature, concepts, and theories of public policy

    • Emerging topics of public administration, policy, and management

    • Advanced social science research methods and tools used in public affairs research

Contact Doctoral Program Director, Tanya Heikkila​or for more information. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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