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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 the public policy process and public policy analysis.  The core includes coursework in methods (both quantitative and qualitative), the policy process, and policy theory.  In addition to the core curriculum, students also acquire expertise in a policy domain, through a concentration.  The concentrations are currently undergoing revisions, however they include:  health policy; environmental and natural resources; regional community development & entrepreneurship; law & justice; homeland defense & security; communications law & policy; and, the policy process.

Policy Studies Ph.D. students are immersed in a course of study which focuses on the policy making process and 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; serve as officials in governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in public policy; or, academia.  Program alumni have done all of the above.  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.