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Ph.D. In Policy Studies

Ph.D in
Policy Studies

Ph.D in

Policy Studies

Two fundamental characteristics will underlie all of the aspects of the program:

  1. A multidisciplinary approach for studying public issues, the policy making process, problem-solving, and public policy analysis
  2. The synthesis of core competencies  in a policy domain  leading to rigorous original research

The core courses for the program are designed to expose and assist students with developing fundamental and rigorous quantitative and qualitative analytical skills necessary for effective policy analysis.  The core curriculum consists of an interdisciplinary approach to developing competencies in the study of public issues, public policy making, and public policy analysis.  In addition to the core curriculum, students also acquire expertise in a policy domain.  The policy domains are:  environmental and natural resource policy, agricultural policy, rural and economic development policy, and science and technology policy.  Policy concentration courses and electives are the foundation for preparing students in policy areas that are central to Clemson’s land grant mission.

Policy Studies Ph.D. students are immersed in a course of study which focuses on the policy making process, state-of-the-art policy analysis methods and techniques, equipping them with the capacity to conduct high level policy research that provides useful information to decision makers and advances the body of knowledge about important policy concerns.  Ph.D. graduates are expected to assume research positions in public policy “think tanks” and other policy research organizations, or to serve as high-ranking officials in governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in public issues.  The program’s graduates may also elect to pursue academic careers.  Clemson’s Ph.D. in policy studies will provide students with a set of research, analytical, and management skills that are transferable across public, private, and nonprofit sectors as well as academic and non-academic settings.