A Degree For Those Who Aspire to Conduct Research That Matters

 The PhD in Public Policy at Duke enables students to collaborate with Duke’s top-rated faculty in public policy and with Duke’s departments of economics, political science, and sociology, among others, all on the beautiful Duke campus. Duke University is located in Durham, N.C., close to both Chapel Hill (and UNC-Chapel Hill) and to the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh, in the dynamic Research Triangle Area.

Duke’s PhD in Public Policy is distinguished by its truly interdisciplinary nature; the program offers a unique balance of depth in a discipline such as economics, political science, psychology or sociology and the opportunity to focus on a particular policy area such as social policy, global policy, or health policy. The Sanford School is a national and international leader in the dynamic field of public policy studies, with numerous interdisciplinary centers exploring vital policy questions in the field and in the classroom. Members of our faculty are experts in fields ranging from aging, education and the environment to international affairs, media and democracy and welfare reform. In addition to working with Duke’s world-class faculties of public policy, economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology and psychology, PhD students interact with leading scholars from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and Duke’s Law and Medical Schools.

The relatively low number of students matriculated each year (6-8) enables each public policy PhD student to receive individual faculty attention in courses and in research. Students also enjoy state-of-the-art academic and research facilities including newly-constructed Rubenstein Hall and the newly-expanded Perkins Bostock Library.

Most of our students pursue doctoral-level public policy research with the goal of working in domestic and international public agencies, research organizations and policy consulting firms. Some of our students will seek academic positions in public policy, public administration and policy-oriented schools. They are united by their passion for public policy and their desire to have a positive impact on the world.

For more information about the program contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Attn: PhD Program
Department of Public Policy Studies
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University
Box 90243
Durham, NC 27708-0243
(919) 613-9214
E-mail: PPPhD@duke.edu.