With a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden, you can take an active role in creating sustainable solutions to problems facing the United States and nations worldwide. This online doctoral program will provide you with a detailed understanding of public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context to effectively and efficiently advocate for change that positively impacts individuals and communities.
Top Online PhD Degrees in Political Science. With a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden, you can take an active role in creating sustainable solutions to problems facing the United States and nations worldwide. This online doctoral program will provide you with a detailed understanding of public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context to effectively and efficiently advocate for change that positively impacts individuals and communities. Taught by scholar-practitioners, the program can position 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.
Specializations (in addition to the General Program)
Geographic Information System (GIS)
Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
Law and Public Policy
Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities
Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Public Management and Leadership
Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace
We offer the DPhil in International Affairs programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The programme requires an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.
DPhil students undertake supervised but independent research, at the end of which they submit a thesis of not more than 100,000 words embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. A DPhil thesis must embody an original contribution to the knowledge of international affairs either by the discovery of new knowledge, or by the exercise of a new and independent critical approach.
•first or second class, upper division degree or significant work experience. A Master’s degree is preferred,
•sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype after the online application. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),
•after a successful Skype interview and English testing student must submit his/her proposal by email. If the proposal is accepted, student will proceed with payment transfer of the first year’s fee and will have a face-to-face consultation on his/her proposal with the Supervisor.
Applications should be accompanied by a research proposal.
Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.
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This PhD is for academics who are interested in developing sustainable and productive solutions to improve the quality of people’s lives.
Top Online PhD Degrees in Political Science. PhD in Business Administration with focus on Public Policy
This PhD is for academics who are interested in developing sustainable and productive solutions to improve the quality of people’s lives. You will gain an in-depth understanding of public policy theory, research and practice that will prepare students to meet the global challenges associated with governance or public service. This academic credential will help a student assert their credibility in a new career endeavor within the public, private or nonprofit world. Whether you want to be an academic teacher or serve through an administrative leadership role, this PhD will provide you with the skills to effectuate change.
Students who complete their dissertation should embark on a career within government (if possible), academic institutions or research based organizations focused on improving the policies that affect people’s daily lives. One of the primary focuses of these PhD programs is delving into the question of what governments should do within a society and how they can govern more effectively and fairly. There are some master degrees that students can obtain prior to embarking on a PhD that will allow students to complete this PhD a bit faster. Some examples include a Master in Public Administration or a Master in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
This PhD will allow a student to more effectively pursue their passion of making the world a more sustainable place by working toward solutions that that tackle some of the most challenging social issues around the globe. Therefore, the dissertation is expected to represent a significant contribution to knowledge in a public policy that works to improve the function of a government body in a given area.
This program is equivalent to EQF (European Qualifications Framework) Level 8 - Doctorate Level.
This program is equivalent to 180 ECTS
How long should be my thesis?
Usually from 60.000 – 100.000 words, students are allowed to have 10% less or more.
Do you mention on the PhD online or distance?
Can I use the title?
We have asked the Swiss Authorities about the title, and their answer was (Students are allowed to use the title they got from the school)
Is there a "Thesis Defence"?
Yes, and we recommend students to do it in Switzerland however it can be done ONLINE too, you need camera and microphone.
Study Language: this study program taught entirely in English.
We have 4 intakes per year: January, April, July and October
Is ABMS Accredited by a recognized European accreditation body?
Yes, ABMS is authorized, validated, certified, accredited and an institutional member in over 50 public / private organisations.
Duration: 1 year study + thesis (thesis takes in average 2 years)
Age: Minimum age 25 years
Previous study: Master Degree or equivalent
English level: IELTS or equivalent (Only for students from non-English speaking countries or students who did not study at English speaking school)
Study Method: 100% Online / Distance
Fee: 17950 Euro (for the whole study program)
Note: Study fee does not include application and reservation fee (to guarantee you a study place) of 240 Euro (onetime payment and non-refundable).
For the PhD, your thesis is the most important part, you have to write the whole thesis about the "Business Administration" with one of our supervisors.
The following modules you will study during the first year:
Strategic Management and Leadership
Strategic Information System Analyses
Accounting and Finance
Electronic Research Methods