Policy Analysis and Management Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Policy Analysis and Management

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: https://www.human.cornell.edu/pam/academics/phd/home
Email: pam-phd@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-7770

2301 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • public policy



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 or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • two recommendations
  • Ph.D.--GRE general test is optional for the 2021 admissions cycle.
  • M.H.A.--GRE general test or GMAT is optional.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of a social science discipline (such as Economics, Sociology or Human Development). 
2. Demonstrate PhD-level knowledge of the field of public policy and a policy concentration area (family/social policy, education, health or regulatory policy). 
3. Conduct original, publishable research in public policy. 
4. Write and speak effectively to professional audiences.