Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Public Policy (Joint Degree with Georgia State University)

The joint doctoral program in public policy combines the strengths of Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Public Policy.

Core Courses
PUBP 8200Advanced Research Methods I3
PUBP 8205Advanced Research Methods II3
PUBP 8211Microeconomic Theory and Applications3
PUBP 8500Research Seminar in Public Policy3
PUBP 8510Logic of Policy Inquiry3
PUBP 8520Scope and Theory of Public Policy3
PUBP 8813Special Topics (Advanced Topics in Analysis and Evaluation)3

This core is supplemented with in-depth study of a substantive area of public policy. The Georgia Tech program focuses on science and technology policy, environmental and energy policy, and urban and regional economic development policy. The joint program includes several additional majors, including health policy, policy and program evaluation, and public finance. Students may pursue concentrations with groups of courses already developed by the faculty or an individualized concentration with the written approval of the student's advisor and the Graduate Committee.

In the Georgia Tech program, the major area of concentration consists of four courses and has a capstone seminar at the PhD level that majors are required to complete. The minor concentration is a three-course area of study, preferably taken outside the School of Public Policy.

Other requirements for the PhD include completion of the one-year residency requirement; admission to candidacy for the degree through successful completion of qualifying exams and a dissertation proposal; and completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation (9 credit hours).

In summary, the credits required for the PhD are usually as follows:

Core18
Major12
Minor9
Qualifiers - Written Exam3
Colloquium - oral exam: presentation of dissertation proposal3
Dissertation9
Total Credit Hours54

Joint Program Requirements

Core21
Major12
Minor9
Qualifiers - Written Exam3
Colloquium - oral exam: presentation of dissertation proposal3
Dissertation9
Total Credit Hours57

This total assumes that a student already has satisfied the core requirements of the master's degree (at most an additional twenty-five hours).

Details on the requirements of the joint program, including equivalent courses at Georgia State University, are available on the website.