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PhD in Public Affairs


Welcome to the Ph.D program at the School of Public Affairs!

The doctoral program provides students with the skills necessary to research and analyze complex public sector challenges, and to train other practioners in various fields.

The Ph.D 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.

For more information contact Dr. Chris Weible​.  You may also watch the short video below about the Ph.D. program​.​

 

Student and Facul​ty News & Activities

August 18, 2017.  SPA welcomes its 2017 PhD Cohort.  https://spaviews.ucdenver.edu/2017/08/17/meet-the-2017-ph-d-cohort/

May 24, 2017.  Kyudong Park successfully defended his dissertation proposal.  

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May 13, 2017.  Congratulations to the four PhD students who were officially awarded their doctoral degrees at the spring 2017 commencement ceremony.  These students include Sam Larson, Annie Miller, Sean McCandless, and George Middlemist.

May 12, 2017.  Congratulations to Sam Gallaher who successfully defended his dissesrtation.

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May 3, 2017. Dr. Mary Guy was awarded the CU Denver Doctoral Student Mentoring Award for her outstanding advising and support to graduate students.

May 3, 2017.  Sharon Smolinski published an article with Professor Tanya Heikkila on learning in environmental policy issues.  Here's the citation:​ 

  • Gerlak, A.K., Heikkila, T., Smolinski, S.L., Huitema, D., Armitage, D. (2017). Learning our way out of environmental policy problems: a review of the scholarship. Policy Sciences, 1-37. doi:10.1007/s11077-017-9278-0

 May 3, 2017. Brenda Bautsch Dickhoner successfully defended her dissertation earlier this semester.  The title and her dissertation can be found in this hyperlink:  "Understanding the Expansion and Effects of Colorado's Concurrent Enrollment Program."

May 2, 2017. David Carter was awarded the 2017 Best Dissertation Award for the CU Denver campus.

April 26, 2017. Current PhD student Alan Kennedy-Shaffer recently wrote and published an op-ed in the Denver Post on President Trump's first 100 days in office.  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/04/25/how-donald-trump-squandered-his-first-100-days/

 April 22, 2017.  David Carter was awarded the 2016 Best Dissertation Award for the School of Public Affairs.  The topic was organic farming regulations in the United States.  You can find his dissertation here: David Carter's Dissertation

April 17, 2017. Andy Pattison (graduate in 2015) secured a tenure track position at Colgate University starting in the fall of 2017.

April 16, 2017. David Carter (graduated in 2016 and currently at the University of Utah) and Sean McCandless (graduating this spring of 2017) were both selected as Founders' Fellows for the American Society for Public Administration.

 

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