PhD in Public Policy, Gender And Social Policy

Students enrolled in the multidisciplinary PhD program offered by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration may elect a field in Gender and Social Policy. The Public Policy doctoral degree requires 72 credits, including:

  • 18 hours of credit in women's studies courses (including feminist theory, research issues in women's studies, and women and public policy, among others).
  • 30 credit hours in the Public Policy core curriculum (including economics, research methods, and statistics applied to public policy).
  • up to 12 hours of electives (which may include additional women's studies courses)
  • a dissertation (which requires a minimum of 12 dissertation credits).

Depending on academic background and record, students may:

  • apply directly to the PhD program after completing a BA degree. 
  • enter the program after completing an MA degree or other graduate coursework (as many as 24 credits may be applied to the PhD).
  • begin graduate work in GW's MA program in Public Policy and Women's Studies and subsequently apply to the PhD program.

Further information is available from: 

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
The George Washington University 
MPA Building, Suite 602 
Washington, DC 20052