Public Policy (Ph.D.)

Public Policy (Ph.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2019 through summer 2020. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
PLCY 700Foundations of Statesmanship and Public Policy3
PLCY 701Natural Law, The State & The Gospel3
PLCY 702The Founding Era and Constitution3
PLCY 703Contemporary Challenges to Constitutional Order and the Role of the State3
PLCY 704Economics and Public Policy3
PLCY 800Statesmanship and National Security3
or PLCY 801 Foreign Policy, Globalization, and Statesmanship
PLCY 802Competing Visions of Statesmanship3
PLCY 804Statesmanship, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations3
PLCY 805Policy Analysis and Statesmanship3
Research Methods & Tools Courses
PLCY 810Quantitative Methods I3
PLCY 811Quantitative Methods II3
PLCY 812Qualitative Methods3
Elective Courses 1
Choose six credit hours of the following:6
Introduction to Education Policy
Introduction to Social Policy
Introduction to Foreign Policy
Introduction to Economic Policy
Introduction to National Security Policy
Dissertation Courses 2
PLCY 885Comprehensive Exam and Research Concept3
PLCY 987Dissertation I5
PLCY 988Dissertation II5
PLCY 989Dissertation III 35
PLCY 990Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense0
Total Hours60

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A minimum of 45 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty University
  • A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Successful completion of Comprehensive Exam
  • Successful defense of Dissertation
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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