2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    
    Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog

Public Administration, PhD


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Contacts

Associate Dean and Department Chair: Robert Bifulco, Ph.D. 215 Eggers Hall. 315-443-4000. rbifulco@syr.edu
Vice-Chair: Stuart Brown. 215 Eggers Hall. 315-443-4000. ssbrown@syr.edu
Doctoral Program Director: Amy Schwartz. 215 Eggers Hall 315-443-4000. aesch100@syr.edu
Doctoral Records Coordinator: Ken Dwyer. 215 Eggers Hall 315-443-4000. kdwyer@syr.edu

Faculty

William Banks, Jonathan Beagles, Catherine Bertini, Robert Bifulco, Edwin A. Bock, Walter Broadnax, Stuart Bretschneider, Stuart Brown, Leonard Burman, Julia Carboni, Renée de Nevers, Thomas H. Dennison, Todd Dickey, Vernon L. Greene, Sarah Hamersma, Colleen Heflin, Johannes Himmelreich, Yilin Hou, Masood Hyder, W. Henry Lambright, Leonard Lopoo, Katherine Michelmore, John G. McPeak, Robert Murrett, Tina Nabatchi, Sean C. O’Keefe, John L. Palmer, Rebecca Peters, David C. Popp, Michah Rothbart, Sabina Schnell, Larry Schroeder, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Ying Shi, Saba Siddiki, David Van Slyke, Emily Wiemers, Peter J. Wilcoxen, Douglas A. Wolf, John M. Yinger, Matthew Young

Description

The Ph.D. program is designed for full-time residential students who are interested in scholarly careers as researchers and teachers. All aspects of the program are focused on providing Ph.D. students’ high quality research and teaching experiences. The curriculum is designed to assure that all students:

  • Gain substantial competency in the core subject matter and methodologies central to preparing for careers as public administration and policy scholars and researchers
  • Obtain a firm understanding of the broad intellectual tradition of public administration and policy analysis
  • Become active researchers beginning in their first year of the program

Accreditation

The Ph.D. in Public Administration is accredited by NASPAA (the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)

Admission

Requirements for admission include an MPA or related graduate degree.

Up to 36 credits of previous graduate study may be used to satisfy the program requirements (39 credits for Maxwell MPA students).
Financial Support

Students admitted to the Ph.D. in Public Administration, not funded by outside sources, will be awarded a graduate assistantship for one year. This assistantship includes a stipend and at 24 credit graduate tuition scholarship and is renewable for three additional years if the student remains in good standing.

Degree Awarded

PhD in Public Administration

Total Credits Required: 81

Transfer Credits

Up to 36 credits of previous graduate study may be used to satisfy the program requirements (39 credits for Maxwell MPA students).

Satisfactory Progress

Upon completion of required coursework and the research apprenticeship, comprehensive examinations are taken, followed by preparation of a dissertation that must be defended in an oral examination.

Student Learning Outcomes


1. Explain and apply theories of public sector organization and management and public policy, including both historical and current developments in theoretical and empirical research

2. Demonstrating understanding of issues in research design and measurement appropriate for designing and carrying out dissertation research

3. Apply theories and application of statistical model specification, estimation, and testing to academic research

4. Review and synthesize research literature in public organizations and public policy as well as two substantive fields of specialization

5. Design and carry out original research. Be able to produce, present to a peer audience, and submit for publication a manuscript based on the research

Ph.D. Requirements


Doctoral studies in Public Administration provide interdisciplinary study of public management and public policy analysis. PhD students complete 72 graduate course credits plus nine dissertation credits. Requirements for admission include an MPA or related master’s degree. Up to 36 credits earned in previous graduate study may be used to satisfy the program’s 72 course-credit requirement (39 credits for Maxwell MPA students). All students complete at least three credits in the foundations of public administration, three credits in the foundations of public policy analysis, nine credits in research methods, and 12 credits in two fields of specialization (six in each).

Fields of specialization currently offered are: public finance, budgeting and financial administration; organization theory and public management; technology and information policy; nonprofit studies; development policy and administration; environmental and natural resource policy; and social policy.

Students have the option of substituting a field of their own design for one of the two required fields of specialization, subject to faculty approval. All PhD students in good standing serve as graduate assistants during the first two years of residence. Graduate assistants work with faculty on research projects and course related activities. Participation in the University’s Teaching Assistant Training Program is also required just prior to the start of the initial fall semester.

Upon completion of required coursework and the research apprenticeship, comprehensive examinations are taken, followed by preparation of a dissertation that must be defended in an oral examination.

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