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Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy


The Joint Doctoral Program in Public Administration and Public Policy is a collaborative endeavor between AUM’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. 

Faculty members in the departments at both campuses—which are just fifty miles apart—share their knowledge of and expertise in public administration, public policy and political science to help students become strong scholars, rigorous researchers, and policy leaders. Both departments offer MPA programs that are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as being among the Best Public Affairs Schools. Since the creation of this joint doctoral program in the mid-1980s, it has graduated many successful academics, policy analysts, and government officials.

  • The program requires 49 credit hours: 13 courses (39 credit hours) and 10 dissertation hours.
  • Courses for the doctoral degree are offered on both campuses.
  • Students must take one-third of the credit hours required for the program at each campus and faculty members from each campus are required to serve on a student’s dissertation committee.

The program website provides details regarding course requirements, faculty specializations, and other procedural aspects of the Joint Doctoral Program. Students should consult the websites of both universities for the most up-to-date course listings. 

A detailed overview regarding the admissions application process is available.

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AUM is honored to have received many national and regional awards over the years. U.S. News & World Report named AUM one of its Top Public Schools for 2021, and Yahoo! Finance honored us as one of the Most Affordable Universities for 2021.


We think a high-quality, graduate education should be affordable. Tuition rates for many of our programs are lower than at comparable universities. In addition, scholarship or other kinds of tuition assistance may be available.


AUM offers a close-knit community where students and faculty get to know each other by name and develop valuable professional networks. We are able to keep class sizes small to facilitate group projects and personalized learning.


We understand that one of the main reasons you are here is to expand your career options. That’s why our programs are practical and often apply to your current work situation. You’ll also have the opportunity to get valuable career assistance.

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Degree Name

Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy

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Andrew Cortell

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This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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