University of Minnesota Regents Approve Humphrey School of Public Affairs Doctoral Degree Program
June 24, 2013 10:30 AM
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently approved a Ph.D. in Public Affairs degree program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This doctoral degree will provide students with critical skills necessary to address increasingly complex domestic and global policy challenges—from healthcare reform and economic development to climate change and international conflict prevention—and better prepare them for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, business, and academia. Students may enter the new degree program beginning fall 2014.
“This is an important step forward for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has been several years in the making,” said Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz. “Beyond providing students with exemplary training in public policy and research, this Ph.D. program will better position the school to define the character of public affairs education in the decades to come. Graduates of this program will play multiple roles: they’ll teach public affairs to future students, be in the forefront of scholarship on critical policy issues, and occupy key positions in local, national, and international organizations.”
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs currently ranks 16th among more than 280 schools of public affairs and administration in the country and third for its nonprofit leadership program. With this new Ph.D., the Humphrey School joins a number of other highly ranked public affairs graduate programs around the country in offering more advanced training for students focusing on such fields as public policy, public and nonprofit leadership and management, and urban and regional planning, and further strengthens University of Minnesota’s capacity for research, training, and service in these crucial areas.
According to President Eric Kaler: “Offering a Ph.D. in Public Affairs aligns with the priorities that I’ve outlined for the University. My vision includes elevating the impact and reputation of our institution in ways that we can help meet communities’ most vexing challenges and compete globally. The Ph.D. program at the Humphrey School will prepare students to make more significant impacts at local, state, and global levels.”
Students will take a common set of core classes and choose a specialization in either public policy; urban planning; public and nonprofit management; or science, technology, and environmental policy. Each specialization requires advanced training in theory, research design, statistics, and other quantitative and qualitative methods.
For more information, visit www.hhh.umn.edu/degrees/phd.html.