The degree is a professional doctorate. It is designed for individuals interested in developing skills in policymaking and policy implementation at all levels of government. Completion of this degree will prepare students to conduct policy analysis, advocate for public policies and community-based solutions, or serve in decision-making positions. Its focus is to integrate what is known about the policy process into a set of skills and abilities so individuals can be competent actors in the policy arena. Course delivery is very structured with courses offered in a very specific sequence on Friday and Saturdays over five semesters.


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should be able to identify and frame problems to be placed on the policy agenda.
  2. Students will develop the skills to conduct cost/benefit analysis and to write a fiscal note.
  3. Students should be able to articulate arguments for and against a policy proposal.
  4. Students should be able to develop action plans for the implementation of programs.
  5. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a policy/program evaluation.


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Doctor of Public Policy


School of Public Policy and Leadership

The School of Public Policy and Leadership employs an interdisciplinary approach to create knowledge and understanding to support effective policy and governance through collaborations of faculty, students, and the greater community. Our programs enable students to master the key principles of public management, research, and public policy so they can spark change, improvement, and resiliency in communities.


Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is committed to creating contemporary solutions for resilient communities. Our academic programs focus on making effective public policy, creating support structures to meet behavioral and mental health challenges, ensuring cities are safe and prepared to meet emergency situations, effective and ethical journalism, and interpersonal and public communication strategies.