Gain the knowledge and credentials to change your world—and the world around you. With Walden’s PhD in Public Policy and Administration, you can help take the lead in creating innovative solutions that improve quality of life today and ensure a better tomorrow.

One of the most respected online programs of its kind, the PhD in Public Policy and Administration program can prepare you to meet the challenges of governance and service delivery both in the United States and around the world. This program is taught by a diverse faculty of scholar-practitioners, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, with experience in developing effective public policy nationally as well as internationally. Coursework explores public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context, allowing you to gain expertise in effective US policy management and to apply those insights to problems facing the world at large.

Earning your PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden positions you to attain a new level of credibility and influence in your field and to embrace exciting new career opportunities as a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader in the private, public, or nonprofit sector. Whether you’re an international student looking to gain knowledge of US best practices or a domestic student seeking a global perspective, this program can empower you to develop sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social issues.

"Studying with Walden is more than getting a degree. It is about social change. It is passion." - Mark Maxwell

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  • Enjoy the Journey

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    Three Walden alumni reflect on the PhD in Public Policy and Administration program and the experiences, challenges, and takeaways that made their journey worthwhile. Watch the video now.

  • Getting Recognition for Your Research

    Tony Cappello, Ph.D.A Walden PhD in Public Health graduate offers advice about how doctoral students can gain more exposure for their research.

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  • Pi Alpha Alpha


    Learn how membership in Walden's chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, connects you with fellow professionals and service opportunities.

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