Ph.D. in Public Administration

The only program Ph.D. in Public Administration in North Carolina provides students with a strong foundation for teaching and research positions. It is led by a faculty recognized nationally for its research productivity. Since first enrolling students in 1998, the program has amassed a strong record of placement, with graduates holding faculty appointments in respected colleges and universities as well as research positions in policy institutes and government agencies.


94% of our Ph.D. alumni currently work in academic, research or public service roles.

Ph.D. in Public Administration Learning Outcomes

Program: Public Administration

These are the program objectives:

  1. PhD Program: To produce students who are skilled public administration researchers and teachers
  2. PhD Program: To establish itself as a successful graduate program that achieves national and international visibility
  3. PhD Program: To develop students as effective researchers


Objective: PhD Program: To produce students who are skilled public administration researchers and teachers

  1. Students are expected to develop their skills as future teachers and researchers through teaching or research assistantships
  2. Students are expected to develop as scholars through paper presentations and other participation in conferences
  3. Students are expected to develop as scholars through submitting articles and book chapters for publication
  4. Students are expected to have the foundation knowledge in public administration theory and classic literature that will enable them to conduct significant research
  5. Students are expected to have the foundation knowledge in research methods that will enable them to conduct significant research


Objective: PhD Program: To establish itself as a successful graduate program that achieves national and international visibility

  1. Program faculty are expected to attract, secure, and retain high-quality students.
  2. Program faculty are expected to develop graduates who establish strong publication records.
  3. Faculty will conduct a program that produces both recent graduates and longer-term alumni who are satisfied with their professional preparation
  4. Faculty are expected to contribute to knowledge production in their fields through publications and conference presentations
  5. The faculty, both individually and collectively, are expected to enhance the program’s reputation


Objective: PhD Program: To develop students as effective researchers

  1. Students should be able to identify a research problem whose solution will be a valuable contribution to the field
  2. Students should be able to review and critique the literature in an area of study in a manner that demonstrates mastery of the pertinent research
  3. Students should be able to effectively apply methods of the field to solve research problems
  4. Students should be able to interpret data and to draw well supported conclusions from the data
  5. Students should be able to communicate research effectively in writing
  6. Students should be able to communicate research effectively in oral presentations

Dissertation Information

  • To review completed dissertations, please follow the following link and select "Public Administration" in the "by discipline" field. All completed dissertations will be displaced.