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Public Affairs Program

About the Program

The program is designed to address the demand for conceptual and analytical skills in the areas of public policy, public management, and public administration. Students are trained to conduct research on and study contemporary issues that are vital to our society. These issues are explored within the context of stakeholders being affected by public policy implementation and public-sector practitioners’ decisions. In affiliation with the MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute, students have the opportunity to be trained in developing studies that lead to research-based public policy solutions.

Ph.D. in Public Affairs

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The Ph.D. in Public Affairs is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for careers in advanced teaching, research, and professional employment in the development and implementation of public policy and public affairs. The program’s curriculum educates students in theories and methods that emphasize research and scholarship focused on governmental and nonprofit settings. The Ph.D. program is interdisciplinary in its approach, as students are encouraged to study public policy issues together with appropriate departments throughout the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. Graduates of this program are trained for research and advanced teaching within academic institutions. The program also prepares students for careers that emphasize research within governmental, consulting, and private research-based organizations.

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Resources for Student Success

Financial Assistance

  • Financial aid is available through UNLV Student Financial Services
  • Some individuals may be eligible to receive tuition assistance from their employers
  • Active duty military and National Guard members may qualify for the VA education benefits or tuition assistance