The Concentration in Public Policy and Management offers University of Washington Ph.D. students in the social sciences and related applied fields an opportunity to broaden their backgrounds and credentials for the job market. This is valuable for students seeking positions in which public policy and management perspectives are pertinent, whether in the academic, government, or policy research sectors. To earn the concentration, students take a series of four linked courses in the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management program at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance:

  • Advanced Microeconomics for Policy Analysis (PPM 506): This course provides a doctoral-level introduction to microeconomic theory and the tools that are used to inform public policy analysis. The course covers individual and firm behavior, decisions under uncertainty, information, strategic behavior, property rights, transaction costs, externalities, public goods, and related topics. Offered Autumn Quarter. Prerequisites: Successful completion of courses in intermediate microeconomics and multivariate calculus.
  • Public Policy Processes (PPM 508): This course is concerned with research about policy processes. It is structured as a research seminar, combining theoretical framework for studying policy processes with discussion of student research. Options for this course include domestic and comparative institutional perspectives. Offered Autumn Quarter.
  • Institutional Perspectives on Management (PPM 504): This foundation course examines competing theories of institutional and organizational design and action that illuminate pressing challenges of policy, management, and leadership. Offered Winter Quarter.
  • Public Policy Analysis (PPM 510): This course engages students in explicit consideration of the role of policy research and analysis in public decision-making as well as a review and synthesis of policy research, analysis, and evaluation literature. Students assess the contributions and limitations of seminal and recent research, gain exposure to cutting-edge techniques, and identify unresolved and emerging questions that offer opportunities for future research. Offered Spring Quarter. Prerequisites: Successful completion of PPM 506, or equivalent, and graduate-level multivariate statistics (e.g., Sociology 506—may be taken concurrently).

Procedures: The courses should be taken in the sequence listed above. Admission to these courses for students outside the Evans School is by permission of the instructor, who may exclude students who are not sufficiently prepared. Students interested in taking the above courses should contact the Evans School’s Academic Services Director at for registration permission and instructions.

Minimum Grade Point Average: Students must achieve a minimum grade of 3.0 in each of the four courses to satisfactorily complete the concentration.

Documentation: After completing all four courses, students must submit a packet including grades received and written work completed to the Evans School Ph.D. faculty program coordinator. The faculty program coordinator evaluates submissions in consultation with the Evans School Ph.D. committee.

Letter Documenting Concentration: Following this evaluation, a letter from the Ph.D. faculty program coordinator, designed to accompany student transcripts, certifies that the student has satisfactorily completed the required credits for the Concentration in Public Policy and Management.

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