Muskie School of Public Service

PhD in Public Policy

The Ph.D. in public policy is designed for those students who are interested in questions surrounding the origins, development, implementation, and analysis of public policy decisions. The program prepares students to function within a variety of fields while focusing their dissertation research on a specific topic related to educational leadership. Students undertake the Ph.D. in order to develop answers to questions about the ways in which policy is formulated and implemented, and to make their own original contribution to the knowledge of these public questions. In pursuing the Ph.D. program, students acquire skills as independent researchers, the ability to interpret and assess the research of others, and the ability to communicate their knowledge to a wide variety of audiences. Those who successfully complete the degree are equipped to bring their knowledge to senior policy and management positions in government, nonprofit agencies, school districts, research organizations, consulting firms, and in college and university faculty and administrative appointments.

For those interested in a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy please visit: https://usm.maine.edu/phd-public-policy