The PhD program is designed to impart the skills and knowledge needed to teach and conduct research at academic institutions. In keeping with the broad spectrum of research within SGPP, the PhD program offers concentrations in the four major subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Administration and Policy, and courses in Political Philosophy, and Methodology.
The SGPP faculty welcomes talented candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds. While a prior degree in political science or public administration is not necessary, it is strongly recommended that applicants have completed at least some course work in related fields and subjects.
The School of Government and Public Policy considers graduate training and mentorship to be one of its primary objectives. We invite you to learn more about our program by viewing the information provided on this website or by contacting us directly. We think that you will find our Ph.D. program to be one of the strongest in the nation.
The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – Political Science and Public Administration and Policy - and bringing them under a single roof. Located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a new model for public affairs education by promoting high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.
By offering leading programs in political science, international relations, public policy, and public management, SGPP prepares students for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Applications to the PhD program in Government and Public Policy are submitted online through the University of Arizona Graduate College
The statement of purpose should be a concise statement about the applicant's academic and research background, career goals, and how the School of Government and Public Policy will help him/her to meet their career and educational objectives. Applicants should speak specifically to how their research interests align with those of the faculty in the School. Applicants are encouraged to list specific faculty with whom they share research interests.
The statement should not exceed three pages in length.
Applicants should use the personal statement to address how their background and life experiences (including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges) motivated their decision to pursue a PhD in Government and Public Policy.
The personal statement is not the same as the academic statement of purpose.
The School of Government and Public Policy requires a bachelor's degree for admission. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions for which they received college credit. Transcripts can be scanned and uploaded with the application. Scans of official transcripts are preferred; if unofficial transcripts are used, they must include the name of the institution and the name of the student. Transcripts are submitted through the online application process.
All applicants must take and submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores should be submitted through ETS using institution code 4832.
All applicants whose native language is not English or who have not received an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive medium of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores should be submitted through ETS using institution code 4832.
Applicants should request three letters from individuals who can speak to their academic potential, including knowledge and creativity, communication skills, and ability to complete projects. Letters of recommendation are submitted by the letter writers through the online application process.
The writing sample should be a good representation of original research/work by the applicant. The writing sample should not exceed 25 pages in length.
The General GRE test is required. Scores should be submitted through ETS using institution code 4832.
All applicants whose native language is not English or who have not received an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive medium of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL (minimum of 79) or IELTS (minimum of 7, no score below 6).
Scores should be submitted through ETS using institution code 4832.
In addition to the fellowship and grant opportunities administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, there are numerous awards offered private foundations and the federal government. Such awards can provide important funding for students to undertake fieldwork or to complete dissertation writing. Awards range from one-time grants of a few thousand dollars to multi-year fellowships that provide tuition and stipends.
A SGPP minor is available, 12 units - 3 core courses plus one elective. Please contact department for more information.
|Application Acceptance Rate||16%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||5.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||53%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||47%|
|Enrollment Percent International||33%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||11%|