Doctorate in Public Affairs
The Truman School offers small classes, close relationships with faculty mentors, and opportunities to participate in ongoing research. Students gain a rich academic experience on the path to successful and fulfilling careers in public affairs.
“The interdisciplinary nature of the Truman School allows me to not only gain skills in my area of interest but also to acquire knowledge and expertise in other policy areas.”
The Truman School is deeply interdisciplinary. The diverse academic training of our faculty gives students an opportunity to explore many theoretical and methodological perspectives and multiple ways of thinking about social science research.
By the time our students graduate, they are fully-engaged experts in their subfield with broad perspectives.
Doctoral students take classes and conduct research with faculty from a variety of disciplines in the Truman School and throughout the University of Missouri. Close work with faculty through research assistantships and the dissertation process encourages students to apply varying perspectives to real-world problems and to develop novel ways of addressing issues in public policy and public administration.
“My experience with a broad curriculum and faculty from a variety of disciplines has expanded my interest and perception of research in public policy, both in the American and international contexts.”
Truman School faculty conduct rigorous research with an explicit focus on the point where theory meets practice.
Are you interested in how public policies are implemented and in understanding the relationships between the bureaucracy and other political institutions? Dr. Lael Keiser is an expert on political institutions, representative bureaucracy, and their intersection with social welfare and education policy.
Or will you forge a path in child policy? Dr. Irma Arteaga is an expert on program evaluation of early childhood interventions in both national and international contexts. Dr. Arteaga conducts evaluations of social programs designed to reduce poverty, child malnutrition, and gender and ethnic gaps in food insecurity, health, and achievement; she has advised the governments of Guatemala and Panama on health programs aimed to reduce maternal and infant mortality for the rural and indigenous population.
“The Truman School provides public servants with the critical analysis skills they need to untangle complex economic, social, and political issues in order to find policy solutions that advance the well-being of an increasingly diverse and heterogeneous society.”
Or is immigration policy where you will create change? Dr. Stephanie Potochnick is an expert on immigration policy. Her research examines the social demography of immigration and how programs and policies can promote the education and health of immigrant youth. She has developed an interdisciplinary perceptive that examines how social, political, and economic constraints influence immigrant assimilation and shape the context of migrant reception.
These are just a few areas of expertise that Truman School faculty represent. For more, see a list of dissertation advisors»
The Truman School funds doctoral students through a mix of research and teaching assistantships, grants, fellowships, and scholarships.
Doctoral students in qualifying appointments earn a stipend of $18,000 for nine months, along with tuition remission and health insurance coverage. This funding ensures that students develop strong and lasting relationships with faculty and peers and receive the support they need to make substantive contributions to the field of public affairs.
Most of our students enroll in the program full time, but a part-time option also exists for students employed full time.
We prepare the next generation of scholars.Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. prepares graduates for careers in teaching, research and applied research settings in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Recently, our doctoral students have presented at the following national conferences:
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
- Association for Education Finance and Policy
- Population Association of America
- Midwest Political Science Association
- International Comparative Rural Policy Studies
Graduates and current students have published in journals such as:
- American Politics Research
- American Journal of Education
- Entrepreneurship Research Journal
- Evaluation and Program Planning
- Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
- State and Local Government Review
Recent graduates have been placed at institutions including:
- University of Wisconsin at Madison (Institute for Research on Poverty)
- Duke University (Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care)
- Regent University (School of Government)
- University of Cincinnati
- Lehigh University (Economics)
- University of Texas at Dallas (Public Affairs, School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences)