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Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs (PAPA)

The CPAP Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs equips students with the intellectual foundation and analytical skills to engage in scholarly inquiry that addresses cutting edge public administration and policy questions. The program is rooted in strong commitments to promoting public service values, equity and ethical leadership through scholarship and practice. The program is a springboard to academic careers as well as for researchers and analysts serving in government and the private sector. 

Program Description:

Early coursework covers theoretical foundations underpinning public administration and affairs scholarship and research methods. Required foundation courses include: Public Administration Theory and Context; Complex Public Organizations; Leadership and Management in Public Administration; Normative Foundations of Public Administration; Public Policy Processes; and Public Policy Design. Foundational coursework is complemented by in-depth public administration and policy seminars, electives, a two-semester capstone research seminar, and the dissertation. CPAP's Doctoral Mentoring Program promotes scholarly immersion and professional socialization.


Colleen Malley
Graduate Student Coordinator

Joe Rees
Faculty Coordinator (Richmond)


104 Draper Rd. 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Washington D.C.
900 N. Glebe Rd., 6th Floor, VTRC,
Arlington, VA 22203

2810 N Parham Rd.
Richmond, VA 23294