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  Earn a Ph.D. in Public Policy at UMass Boston


The UMass Boston PhD Program in Public Policy emphasizes:

  • Solid grounding in political economy
  • Appropriate attention to theory, applied principles, and technical skills
  • Interdisciplinary study
  • Multi-cultural approaches to public policy
  • Personal and intellectual growth of our students

Our committment to social change is anchored in our applied policy curriculum
which addresses inequities for underserved groups and vulnerable populations.
This commitment stands out in the two-semester, practicum class in which
doctoral students gain experience in professional-quality, applied research
for a real-world client, leading to actionable policy recommendations and
journal-quality publications.

This commitment is clearly evident in our faculty and student research interests       
Among others, these policy fields include
children, youth and family; immigration
policies; education reform; labor policy; environmental policy; homelessness and
housing;  health policy; human rights; minority issues; poverty reduction; welfare policies
and women's issues

With the exception of a part-time program for state employees, our doctoral program
is a full-time day program for the first two years of study.  Students can typically
complete their coursework and dissertation research in five to eight years.


We offer financial aid to ALL full-time students for the first three years.

The journal Inside Higher Ed calls Boston “the quintessential college town”. 
Opportunities for internships, collaborative projects with policy leaders from other area
schools and organizations, and the wide range of academic conferences and lectures
throughout the city extend learning beyond our campus borders.  UMass Boston alumni
often stay in the area and contribute to the creativity, innovation and academic reputation
that make Boston so appealing.  Also, as a large metropolitan city, Boston boasts a broad
range of cultural amenities from museums and theatre to several championship sports teams. 

Come join the excitement – schedule a campus visit today!

      Contact us at public.policy@umb.edu for more information.

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These pages are compiled by the UMass Boston Public Policy Program and are not
considered an official publication of the University. We welcome your comments and
suggestions for improvement.

website last updated on July 3, 2008