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The interdisciplinary nature of Public Policy Studies makes it a unique educational experience for its graduate students. Much of the research and teaching focus is on policy issues arising within an urban setting.
Whether you choose to shape public policy practice, tackle the challenges of cities in crisis, or make an impact on urban development and revitalization, our degree programs provide the necessary tools to make a real difference. Are you ready for the challenge?
Why study Public Policy?
The interdisciplinary nature of Public Policy Studies provides a creative context for exploring the complexity of public issues and the strategies needed to address them. Taking advantage of Saint Louis University's Midtown location, much of its focus is on policy issues arising within an urban setting. The Department prioritizes linking theory with practice, and often collaborates with local practitioners and community groups in instruction.
The Ph.D program in Public Policy Studies at Saint Louis University is committed to excellence in education and research. The program recognizes the need for new and innovative ideas in education and therefore provides an interdisciplinary range of experiences for its students.
Program faculty and students have been involved in over $8 million of funded research including projects for the United States Department of Labor, the United States Department of Education, the Brookings Institute, and a variety of regional, state, and local public and private entities.
In addition to its own core faculty, the program includes joint appointed faculty from the Schools of Business, Law, Public Health, and Social Work and the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. This interweaving of paradigms enhances the educational experience, and provides the versatility in analysis and reasoning essential for addressing the complex challenges of the policy environment.
The Ph.D. in Public Policy Studies is accredited by the National Association of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), which is the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs.
Accreditation is a sign that a program has met a set of standards regarding curriculum, administration, program mission, student admissions, faculty quality, student services and placement, and facilities. It means the program has gone through a rigorous process of self study, an accreditation commission review, and an extensive on-site campus visit by a team of experts. In brief, accreditation is one of many signs of quality that a student can use when considering graduate programs.
For more information about NASPAA, visit the website at: http://www.naspaa.org/.