Public Policy, P.h.D. (Joint with Georgia Tech)

The joint doctoral program in public policy combines the strengths of Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy.

The Andrew Young School ranked 19th overall among graduate programs in public affairs in a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking, as well as No. 8 in local government management, No. 5 in public finance and budgeting, No. 4 in urban policy, No. 8 in nonprofit management, No. 16 in public management and leadership, and No. 17 in public policy analysis. Our faculty was the 5th most prolific in public administration journals over the past decade.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy No. 4 in information and technology management and No. 11 in environmental policy and management.

Public Policy, P.h.D. (Joint with Georgia Tech)

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies


The coursework is divided into three sections:

  1. Core master’s-level curriculum or its equivalent (27 hours)
  2. The doctoral core curriculum (24 hours)
  3. Seven 3-hour core courses in areas of specialization chosen by the candidate (21 hours)
    1. Environmental Policy
    2. Health Policy
    3. Science and Technology Policy
    4. Urban and Regional Economic Development Policy

Candidates will then complete a written and oral qualifying examinations and compose a dissertation.

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Students admitted to the program are typically offered a graduate assistantship with a minimum $18,000 yearly stipend and full tuition waiver.

The doctoral program prepares its graduates to take positions as college professors or as research-oriented policy analysts in research centers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.