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Doctoral Studies in Public Policy & Management

Ph.D. Studies in Public Policy & Management

The doctoral program in Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College prepares students to apply a rigorous scientific approach to social, organizational, economic, and management problems in an increasingly connected world.

At Heinz, we live and work at the critical nexus of information technology and public policy. Our Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management was created to train students to approach problems from multiple disciplinary perspectives, to use advanced analytic and theoretical models, and to apply modern technological capabilities such as machine learning to the policy domain.

Heinz College Ph.D. students enjoy close partnerships with faculty as they explore the complex and exciting interconnectedness of information systems, public policy, and management. Upon graduating, our Ph.D.s receive desirable placements at academic institutions, government agencies, and consulting firms.


Doctoral students take on a broad range of topics and problems, but some key areas of strength at Heinz College include:

Ph.D. Curriculum

The pre-dissertation stage of the Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management is structured around two sets of requirements: coursework and preliminary papers.

Coursework is designed to build methodological skills, modeling competence, and substantive depth.

Preliminary papers illustrate your ability to produce effective research that exhibits your readiness to begin the dissertation.