Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management

Alumna Profile: Colleen Chrisinger

“I chose the doctoral program at the Evans School because of the rigorous training in theoretical and empirical research, the focus on immediately pressing social problems, and the wealth of interdisciplinary resources and connections.”
Colleen Chrisinger (Ph.D. ’10)

The Evans School Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management can prepare you for teaching at the university level or for conducting research at public and nonprofit institutions and think tanks.

We aim for our Ph.D. program to be one of the top public policy and administration doctoral programs regionally, nationally, and globally.

We offer our students:

  • An integrated program focusing on both public policy analysis and management.
  • Access to the Evans School’s research centers.
  • The ability to enhance a chosen research specialization with courses in other departments at the University of Washington (UW), which ranks number one in the nation among public universities in attracting federal research dollars.
  • Award-winning faculty with specializations in education, poverty and social issues, health policy, the environment, international development, public and nonprofit management, and more.
  • Exposure to the broad array of domestic and international perspectives on public policy and problem solving accessible in the Seattle metropolitan area.
  • The option to earn a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management after successful completion of the first two years of Ph.D. coursework, the first year qualifying exam, and the major area paper.
  • Tuition and stipend assistance through fellowships and research and teaching assistantships at the Evans School and in other UW departments.

We enroll approximately five new Ph.D. students each year with the expectation that it will take four years to complete the degree.

Students in other degree programs at UW may be interested in augmenting their degrees with our Ph.D. Concentration in Public Policy and Management.

Find out about the Ph.D. degree requirements, current Ph.D. students, and how to apply.

For more information, contact the Evans School Student Services office at evansphd@uw.edu or 206.543.4900.