PhD in Public Policy

Program Overview

The Joint PhD Program in Public Policy is a collaborative effort between the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the departments of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. The Joint PhD Program follows a discipline plus structure. The "discipline" means that all students complete a Ph.D. in a basic social science, and the "plus" means that they apply social science theory and knowledge to public policy problems. Joint PhD students will be awarded doctoral degrees in Economics and Public Policy, Political Science and Public Policy, and Sociology and Public Policy. These titles reflect a fundamental characteristic of the program: students are simultaneously full members of their disciplinary departments and participants in an inter-disciplinary public policy community.

The program is designed to appeal to students who want to pursue research careers in a traditional social science discipline but who see themselves as deeply committed to the study of public policy. Our goal is for joint PhD students to bring the most rigorous tools of social science to bear on fundamental public policy questions.


PhD Program Structure and Curriculum

PhD Program Faculty

Program Information

PhD Admissions

PhD Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

For more information about the PhD program, please contact:

Joint Doctoral Program in Public Policy and Social Science
Ford School of Public Policy
Phone: (734) 764-3490