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Doctor’s Degrees in Public Policy

232 Yearly Graduations
$50,500 Median Debt
59% Women
There are 48 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in public policy. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 23% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 22.8% of public policy graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 232 students earned their doctor's degree in public policy. This makes it the 85th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in public policy at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 3,219
Bachelor’s Degree 2,308
Graduate Certificate 250
Doctor’s Degree 232
Basic Certificate 9
Associate’s Degree 3

Earnings of Public Policy Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for public policy majors with their doctor's degree due to lack of data.

Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in public policy is $50,500. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $50,500 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $50,500.

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The median monthly payment of a public policy graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $588.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in public policy. About 59.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 95
Women 137
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Public Policy

The racial-ethnic distribution of public policy doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 12
Black or African American 28
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 114
International Students 53
Other Races/Ethnicities 13
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Policy Doctor's Degree Students

There are 48 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in public policy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Niagara University

Niagara University, New York
17 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for public policy students seekinga doctor's degree is Niagara University. Each year, around 3,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,525 per year.

The public policy program at Niagara University awarded 17 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 59% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
16 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brandeis University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public policy. Roughly 5,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,340 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their doctor's degree in public policy from Brandeis. Of these students, 81% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
15 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is George Washington University. Each year, around 27,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 people received their doctor's degree in public policy from GWU. Of these students, 67% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
14 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public policy. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 doctor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Harvard. About 57% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

13 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public policy. Each year, around 5,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,728 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,729 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 people received their doctor's degree in public policy from UTHealth. About 77% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
11 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Massachusetts - Boston. Each year, around 15,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,187 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,433 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 doctor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at UMass Boston. Of these students, 82% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
11 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is George Mason University. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

The public policy program at George Mason University awarded 11 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 27% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Southern University and A & M College

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
9 Yearly Graduations
89% Women

The 8th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Southern University and A & M College. Roughly 7,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,972 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,336 per year.

The public policy program at Southern University and A & M College awarded 9 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 89% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

8 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - Baltimore County comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public policy. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,704 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,862 per year.

The public policy program at University of Maryland - Baltimore County awarded 8 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 62% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
8 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Duke University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public policy. Roughly 16,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 doctor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Duke. About 62% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Texas at Dallas. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

The public policy program at The University of Texas at Dallas awarded 7 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
7 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public policy. Roughly 8,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,833 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,390 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their doctor's degree in public policy from UMass Dartmouth. About 71% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Southern Maine

Portland, Maine
7 Yearly Graduations
71% Women

The 11th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Southern Maine. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,868 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,578 per year.

The public policy program at University of Southern Maine awarded 7 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women

Carnegie Mellon University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public policy. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,037 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Carnegie Mellon.

#14

Rutgers University - Camden

Camden, New Jersey
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Rutgers University - Camden. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Rutgers Camden.

#14

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - College Park is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public policy. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

The public policy program at University of Maryland - College Park awarded 5 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#14

The New School

New York, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The New School. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at New School University. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#14

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Roughly 48,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at U-M. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#14

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Each year, around 31,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,454 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,459 per year.

The public policy program at University of Nevada - Las Vegas awarded 5 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women

Boise State University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public policy. Each year, around 26,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,532 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,110 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Boise State.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public policy that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Social Work 579
Public Administration 369
Human Services 55
Other Public Administration 50
Community Organization & Advocacy 10

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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