Doctor of Public Administration

The mission of the Ph.D. program in Public Administration at University of Santander is to provide advanced graduate education in theory and research in the field to prepare students for academic, research, and advanced professional careers.

The program offers unique features that allow students to customize their programs of study. In addition to the following areas of specialization, together with their committees, they can design their own specializations, by selecting courses from the programs of the School of Public Affairs or other graduate programs of the University.

Specialization Areas

  • Public and nonprofit management
  • Organizations and human resource management
  • Public budgeting and finance
  • Public policy analysis
  • State and local government administration
  • Criminal justice
  • Health administration
  • Homeland security

Individuals with strong academic records and interest in research and teaching are encouraged to apply to the program. The program typically admits a cohort of full-time students to begin each fall semester. Applications for part-time study are considered if the applicant has a strong academic record and if his/her research interests are compatible with those of the program faculty members.