Ph.D. in Public Affairs

Robertson Hall classroom

The Woodrow Wilson School offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs in two research clusters: Security Studies; and Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP).

These clusters encompass serious policy challenges that need to be analyzed from multidisciplinary perspectives. Both clusters also include a substantial group of WWS faculty whose current research interests are central to the themes of the cluster.

The purpose of the WWS doctoral program is to train top-quality researchers in these critical areas of public policy. Increasingly, the top analytical positions in government and nongovernmental think tanks require doctoral training. Some graduates go on to tenure-track positions in academic institutions that value multidisciplinary training.

The goal is to admit and enroll an incoming class of six students each year, with three in each cluster.