The first year of Ph.D. coursework prepares students for independent research in public policy and management. Prior coursework in calculus, intermediate microeconomics, and multivariate statistics is required before matriculation. The first-year curriculum is full-time, worth at least 30 quarter credits:

  • Research Design
  • Perspectives on Institutions
  • Advanced Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
  • Public Policy Processes
  • Policy Analysis & Evaluation
  • Quantitative Methods (two courses)
  • Two elective courses
  • Professional Development Seminar (Proseminar)
  • Qualifying Exam (must be passed to enter second year)

The second year of coursework enhances research skills while focusing on a chosen research specialization in public policy, management, or a related policy field (e.g. education, environment, poverty, nonprofit management, international development). Second-year curriculum is full-time, worth over 30 credits, and is chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor:

  • Data Analysis Practicum
  • Organizations, Management and Theory
  • Electives in qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Three or more courses in the chosen research specialization
  • Courses in a chosen cognate discipline (e.g. economics, sociology, political science)
  • An elective teaching seminar and three-quarter teaching assistantship at the Evans School or elsewhere on the University of Washington campus
  • Professional Development Seminar (Proseminar)
  • Major Area Paper (a critical literature synthesis designed to help identify a dissertation topic)

Ph.D. students have the option to acquire a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree upon successful completion of the first two years of coursework, qualifying exam, and Major Area Paper.

The third year includes preparation for and completion of the dissertation proposal and general examination. Students with financial support from the university must maintain a fulltime status of 10 credits a quarter excluding summer.

The fourth year of study focuses on researching, writing, and defending a dissertation. A minimum of 27 dissertation quarter credits are required for degree completion. Students with financial support from the university must maintain a fulltime status of 10 credits a quarter excluding summer.

View application instructions for the Ph.D. program.

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