We prepare our students to solve societal issues, to understand and address problems facing our justice and legal infrastructures, to be informed and participate in politics and analyze economic trends in our society and around the globe.


Ph.D. in Public Administration
and Public Policy

The Joint Doctoral Program in Public Administration and Public Policy is a collaborative endeavor between the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Auburn University at Montgomery and the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. The program was created in the mid-1980s and since that time has graduated many successful academics, policy analysts, and government officials. 

The two campuses are just fifty miles apart, about forty-five minutes by car. Students take courses at both campuses and ultimately work with faculty from both campuses on their dissertations. As a consequence, faculty members in the departments at both campuses share their knowledge of and expertise in public administration, public policy and political science to help students become strong scholars, rigorous researchers, and policy leaders.

The program website provides details regarding course requirements, faculty specializations, and other procedural aspects of the Joint Doctoral Program.

For more specific information about the doctoral program's course curriculum or questions about individualized plans of study, Dr. Mitchell Brown at brown11@auburn.edu, the program director in the Auburn University Department of Political Science, or Dr. Andrew Cortell at acortell@aum.edu, in the Auburn University at Montgomery Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

A detailed overview regarding the admissions application process is available. To check on the status of your application, please contact Ms. Arnita France at francad@auburn.edu. She can also assists with registration issues, but those should be directed to the contact at the specific campus where the problem exists.