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Why ODU for Public Administration and Policy?

Effective public administration and policy-making requires collaborative decisions and problem solving. Our program takes a multi-sector approach. You'll focus on the challenges that arise where governments, nonprofits, businesses, community groups, and individuals intersect.

You will graduate with a solid grounding in the theory and issues of traditional public administration and public policy. You'll also gain the practical knowledge to influence decision makers and lead organizations involved in public service.

You will develop the skills to:

  • conduct policy analyses
  • design and conduct research studies in public administration
  • report research findings and its implications to a variety of audiences and decision-makers
  • make informed policy and administrative decisions
  • assess policy and implementation issues
  • establish, manage, and evaluate multi-sector programs and relationships
  • teach courses in public administration and policy

Whether you're new to public administration or taking your public service career to the next level, you will be able to apply your experience and education to effect change in the public sphere.

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Required Courses

  • 49 credit hours total:
    • 37 credit hours of coursework
    • 12 credit hours for the dissertation

You will be taught by ODU faculty with expertise in:

  • nonprofit and public management
  • public-private partnerships
  • public procurement and contract management
  • citizen participation
  • dispute resolution
  • economic development
  • and more

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Public Administration and Policy

Public administration and policy is an interdisciplinary field. With ODU's PhD, you can apply your experience and education in other fields -- like political science, criminal justice, social work, business, engineering, fine arts, education, and more -- to effect change in the public or nonprofit sphere. 

Our coursework will teach you how to create and disseminate knowledge to advance public service, whether you plan to become an instructor, conduct research, or take management positions in government or nonprofit environments.


Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Fall 2020 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To apply, you will need:

  • A master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution or a comparable foreign institution with a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic sources.
  • An essay about your academic and professional goals.
  • GRE or GMAT scores (taken within the last five years).
  • For students whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL, or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Applications are accepted year-round for fall admission with a preference for applications by July 1. However, applicants seeking funding must meet deadlines set by the department or admissions office. Please visit the department web site for application details and financial assistance opportunities.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.