Complete the equivalent of 16 courses (minimum), equaling 48 credits. (List below)
Complete a set of core public policy course requirements:
- Political Economy of Public Policy
- Social Choice and the Political Economy of Policy Making
Concentration and research methodology
Complete disciplinary concentration and research methodology requirements, including sub-field requirements, in one of the following areas:
- Political Science
Complete at least one course in each of above four disciplines (Economics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology).
Regularly attend and participate in a weekly seminar in which faculty present their research as models of the kind of interdisciplinary work relevant to public policy.
Complete a course of study focusing on a particular policy area. (Course of study must be approved by the PhD Director of Graduate Studies.)
Complete a yearlong (two-course) research seminar leading to the dissertation proposal.
Attain dissertation status by the end of the third year. (Includes meeting qualifying requirements and passing the preliminary exam.)
Pass final exam.
- The final examination consists of an oral defense of a dissertation to an approved supervisory committee.
- This is typically completed by the end of the fifth year.
|Political Economy of Public Policy (PUBPOL 901)|
|Social Choice and the Political Economy of Policy Making (PUBPOL 902)|
|Disciplinary concentration 1 – Research Methods|
|Disciplinary concentration 2 – Research Methods|
|Disciplinary concentration 3 – Subfield Elective|
|Disciplinary concentration 4 – Subfield Elective|
|Disciplinary concentration 5 – Subfield Elective|
|Policy area elective 1|
|Policy area elective 2|
|Policy area elective 3|
|Non-concentration social science 1|
|Non-concentration social science 2 (for disciplinary concentration of Economics) OR Elective (for disciplinary concentration of Political Science, Psychology or Sociology)|
|Dissertation proposal seminar 1|
|Dissertation proposal seminar 2|
Sanford Seminars - Wednesdays, 11:45AM - 1PM
Presentation and discussion of current research projects (faculty and doctoral students)
Graduate Research Workshops - Select Fridays, 10:45AM- 11:45AM
A forum to present in-progress research and receive friendly, constructive comments.
Gaining new skills
"Before coming to Duke, I was working for the Department of Education in New York City doing data analysis on the lowest performing schools in the city, trying to improve student outcomes and teacher success. I had never considered getting my PhD, but I wanted to learn more about research design and how to answer my own questions." - Adam Stanaland PhD'23 with advisor Anna Gassman-Pines
Adam is a postdoctoral research associate at New York University