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Review the information below to successfully submit your Ph.D. application

Ph.D. Program Application Process


Our intensive doctoral program seeks students with demonstrated academic ability and those who possess a commitment to interdisciplinary research on significant public policy, management, and information technology issues. Each entering class is small; a typical cohort is six to eight students.

Before you begin your online application, please carefully review the application checklist and admissions timeline below.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, the Ph.D. in Information Systems and Management, and all joint degree programs is January 10.

If you are interested in any of the joint Ph.D. degree programs, you are required to submit only one application for admission. We encourage you to submit your application for admission to the department which houses your primary area of interest, and to focus on meeting all of the admissions requirements for that specific department.

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Application Checklist


Before you begin the online application process, please carefully review the list of application requirements and admission criteria for the Ph.D. program.

The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we will complete the review of your application after we have received all of your application requirements.

If you are interested in any of the joint Ph.D. degree programs, you are required to submit only one application for admission. (NOTE: If you are interested in the joint Ph.D. program in Machine Learning & Public Policy, please see additional details below the application checklist). We encourage you to submit your application for admission to the department which houses your primary area of interest, and to focus on meeting all of the admissions requirements for that specific department.

Joint Machine Learning & Public Policy Ph.D. Program-Specific Details


Applications for the joint Machine Learning & Public Policy Ph.D. program must be submitted by May 31 to be considered for admission by the following Fall semester. 

Admission of students already enrolled in the Heinz College Ph.D. program (PPM or ISM) into the joint Machine Learning & Public Policy program will be by a lightweight application process to MLD, as follows.

NOTE: Students in this joint program must be admitted and enrolled in the Heinz College Ph.D. program first. It is not possible to begin the program from MLD.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Didn't find what you were looking for on this page? Check out our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information on any of the topics or processes outlined above.

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