The Joint PhD Program in Public Policy is a collaborative effort between the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the University of Michigan's departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. Students become both full members of their disciplinary departments and active participants in an interdisciplinary public policy community.
Joint PhD program public policy requirements
Students in the joint doctoral program complete a set of required courses, including the policy seminar described below, and write a third-year paper before starting work on their dissertation.
First and second year joint students attend a biweekly seminar series offered for one credit (PUBPOL 810). This biweekly seminar is intended to introduce students to applied policy research early in their doctoral career. The seminar series consists of six to eight presentations per term of applied policy research papers. Both domestic and international policy issues are addressed. Students have the opportunity to serve as presenters or respondents in the seminar series in their third, fourth, and fifth year in the program.
In order to help students make the transition from coursework to research, the joint program requires students to write a third year original research paper on a policy-related topic under the supervision of two faculty supervisors (PUBPOL 830).