PhD in Public Policy

About the Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy

The Ph.D. in Public Policy: Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy is a collaborative program offered by the faculties of the Muskie School of Public Policy and the School of Education and Human Development. It is a 45 credit hour cohort program designed for working professionals with experience and education policy and leadership. The program integrates courses in public policy, educational policy and leadership, and dissertation research. After the second year of the program, students will complete a substantial part of a dissertation proposal that will be assessed to qualify them for continuation in the program. The partial proposal will include a problem statement, a stated hypothesis or research question, a theoretical base, and literature review.

Curriculum Overview

Policy courses (12 credits):
Intellectual Foundations/Conduct of Inquiry
Economics and Public Policy
Public Finance and Budgeting
Introduction to Policy Analysis

Educational Leadership and Research Courses (24 credits)
Historical Trends and Current Dilemmas/Research Designs I
Historical Trends and Current Dilemmas/Research Designs II
Evidence Based Practice and Programs
Leadership in a Global Society
Contemporary Issues in Ed Leadership and Policy
Data Collection and Analysis Methods I
Data Collection and Analysis Methods II
Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation (9 credits)

Schedule of Courses

2012-2013

Fall: Intellectual Foundations/Conduct of Inquiry
Spring: Economics and Public Policy
Fall / Spring: Historical Trends and Current Dilemmas/Research Designs
Summer: Historical Trends and Current Dilemmas/Research Designs II
Summer: Leadership in a Global Society (Optional module: site visit to Finland)

(Online introductory statistics class for students whose background in statistics is weak.)                                                                                                 

2013-14

Fall: Introduction to Policy Analysis
Fall/Spring: Data Collection and Analysis Methods I
Fall/Spring:   Data Collection and Analysis Methods II
Summer: Evidence Based Practice and Programs
Summer: Dissertation Proposal

2014-2015

Public Finance and Budgeting
Contemporary Issues in Ed Leadership and Policy
Dissertation