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Policy Analysis and Management, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Program Description

The Ph.D. program combines a focus on the substantive policy areas of health, consumer, and family/social welfare with graduate-level training in a theoretical or disciplinary area, analytical or empirical methods, and multiple disciplinary approaches. The Ph.D. degree is designed to prepare students for faculty positions in public policy, public health, and other academic positions. It also equips students with research and evaluation skills useful for careers in private consulting, government, or the non-profit sector.

For more information, check the Department Web site.


The multi-disciplinary faculty in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) work with graduate students in the inter-disciplinary PAM Ph.D. program, and with graduate students in the Ph.D. programs in Economics, Sociology, Human Development, and other graduate fields. The PAM Ph.D. program combines a focus on the substantive areas of education policy, family/social welfare policy, health policy, and regulatory policy, with graduate level training in a social science discipline, empirical research methods, and an understanding of how multiple social science disciplines approach public policy research.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.human.cornell.edu/pam/
Email: pam-phd@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-7770

2301 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • public policy

Tuition

2017-18: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 15, no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

Applicants for the Ph.D. program must submit scores on the GRE general test.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • Ph.D.--GRE general test
  • M.H.A.--GRE general test or GMAT

Assessment

PAM PhD program Assessment Plan—December 2011

Learning Objective

How measured

Sources for Measurement

Complete degree in timely fashion

Student is in compliance with Grad School standards for timing of committee formation, A exam and B exam

  • Track student information from Grad School
  •  Review of student progress at Annual Field Meeting

Conduct original, publishable research in public policy

Ability to synthesize existing knowledge and identify one’s own contribution to the research literature

  • Item on rubric for A exam

Ability to make an original and substantial research contribution

  •  Item on rubric for B exam

Demonstrate knowledge of a social science discipline (Econ, Sociology or Human Development); knowledge of a policy concentration area (family/social policy, education, health or regulatory policy); and advanced research skills

Student has taken appropriate type and number of courses

  • Review of student progress at Annual Field Meeting
  • Item on rubric for A exam

Thesis represents demonstration of this knowledge

  •  Item on rubric for B exam

Demonstrate knowledge of field of public policy

Thesis represents demonstration of this knowledge

  • Item on rubric for B exam

Attending departmental seminars

  •  Attendance is taken, reviewed at Annual Field Meeting

Write and speak effectively to professional audiences

Attend and present at professional conferences

  •  Review of CV and progress at Annual Field Meeting

Present job market paper at PAM seminar

  •  Organized by PAM Placement committee

Publish in peer-reviewed journals

  • Review of CV and progress at Annual Field Meeting