Public Policy Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Public Policy

Program Description

Situated in the Brooks School of Public Policy, the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy trains the next generation of scholars and professionals to address pressing national and international public policy issues.

Building upon the academic strengths of the Brooks School, the core areas of focus in the Ph.D. program include data science and technology policy; education policy; environmental and sustainability policy; demography and family policy; global security; health policy; inequality and social policy; the politics and economics of development; race, racism, and public policy; and regulatory policy.

Our program combines a focus on substantive policy areas with advanced training in a disciplinary area, empirical methods, and multiple disciplinary approaches. Our multi-disciplinary faculty and students also work closely with the Ph.D. programs in Economics, Sociology, Government, and other graduate fields at Cornell.

Across these specializations, Public Policy Ph.D. students graduate with the skills to shape and evaluate policy in a range of settings, from faculty positions in academic institutions to leadership roles in the public and private sectors

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-7770

2301 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • public policy


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall semester admission: applications due Jan. 15

No spring semester admission

Requirements Summary:

Learning Outcomes

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