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Public Policy and Administration


Boise State University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration is designed to prepare students for senior level positions in public, non-profit and international organizations or positions in an academic or researching setting. Doctoral students will be expected to demonstrate significant research capacity in the discipline through the writing of a dissertation.


Contact Information

Dr. Jen Schneider
(208) 426-2514
Environmental Research Building
1910 University Dr.,
Boise, ID 83725-1935

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Administration, Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

    1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
    2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
    3. A letter of intent detailing your educational and professional background and anticipated career objectives including how a doctoral degree might support those aspirations.
    4. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
    5. A sample of analytical writing.
    6. Official GRE scores with a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections for tests scored before August 2010 and 300 for tests scores after August 2010.  GRE scores may be waived if you have earned a master’s degree from an accredited program.
    7. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references evaluating your academic potential.


Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. To be considered for the next award cycle you should complete the Scholarship Application.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1