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PhD in Public Policy

The PhD in Public Policy (PPOL) Program provides exceptional scholars with advanced graduate training, to prepare them for positions in academia, government, and research organziations.  Candidates are trained to conduct policy research, help shape and execute public policy, and teach the next generations of educators, researchers, and pracititioners.

The  program abets scholarly reserach that empowers public policy practitioners to make informed decisions.  Students' coursework reflect this approach by combining core requirements - in theory (economics, politics and management, and normative theory) and methods (analytical, quantitative empirical, and advanced methodology) - with primary and secondary concentrations in areas, including:

  • Economic Regulatory Policy
  • Environmental and Energy Policy
  • International Development
  • International Economic Policy
  • International Security Relations
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Science and Technology Policy

Where our PhD graduates go after HKS

Our recent PhD in Public Policy graduates have gone on to take academic positions at Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, New York University, Penn State University, Tufts University, University of California, San Diego, and Yale University. Others have developed analyst or policy careers with the Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, Millennium Challenge Corporation, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, nongovernmental organizations, and in the private sector.

Doctoral Candidates in Public Policy on the Job Market

Please follow the link below for the current Public Policy students on the job market.


Public Policy Dissertation Archive

View a complete list of dissertations written from 1972 to the present by doctoral candidates in Public Policy in the Public Policy Dissertations Archive.