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Joint Ph.D. Programs


Carnegie Mellon University is a global leader in innovation, championing interdisciplinary inquiry and deeply collaborative problem-solving. Heinz College offers the following joint Public Policy Ph.D. programs, in cooperation with other departments on campus and through CMU Portugal.

The Joint Ph.D. Programs in Public Policy are tailored toward students who have both policy and core-disciplinary interests.

Joint Ph.D. students not only complete disciplinary training, but they also work on applying those theories and methods to matters of public interest (such as crime prediction and prevention, cybersecurity and privacy, education policies, or technological change in society, for example).

These programs are rigorous and highly selective. Students who have strong disciplinary backgrounds—and who also wish to bring those disciplines to bear on public policy problems—are encouraged to apply.

Program Areas


Interest in any of the Joint Ph.D. Programs should be indicated on your application to Heinz College. See Ph.D. Admissions for more information.