Preparing the Next Generation of Public Scholars and Analysts
The School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA) at the University of Delaware currently offers three distinct, but related, doctoral programs.
SPPA programs take an interdisciplinary approach to the education of doctoral students, which leverages our intellectually diverse faculty and engages related disciplines across the university and beyond. All of our programs offer rigorous substantive and methodogical training in a collaborative research environment.
Supported by a strong community of scholars, SPPA Ph.D. students contribute to a long tradition of applying research methods to the problems facing contemporary local, state, and national entities. Our students are educated in the well-known "Delaware Model," which offers numerous teaching, research, and real-world engagement opportunities to supplement and enhance the classroom experience throughout the programs.
The Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management is an interdisciplinary degree organized around thematic areas.
Candidates who successfully complete the ENEP Ph.D. degree are prepared for rewarding academic or professional careers in sustainable energy and water development, environmental protection, climate change policy, and green economics.
The Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy program, one of the oldest in the nation, is research oriented and renowned for its interdisciplinary approach to policy analysis.
SPPA faculty and staff work on a wide variety of research projects each year, and many interdisciplinary policy areas and research methods are applied when doing this work. For our students, this means that there are a multitude of opportunities for students to get real-world, hands-on experience doing research in an area of interest. To learn more about the research areas specialized in by our faculty and staff, visit the research interests interactive database.
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