The Ph.D. program emphasizes the theories, methodologies, and applications appropriate to the comprehensive understanding of community development. The required courses lead to proficiency in such diverse areas as analysis, governmental systems, and the connections across governments and private and nonprofit organizations. A rigorous set of requirements cultivates the keen research skills that will prepare students to compete successfully for careers in academia and across a wide spectrum of nonacademic fields. The Ph.D. curriculum consists of the following courses totaling 63 credits.
CORE CURRICULUM (11 courses/33 credits)
Theory Courses (2 courses/6 credits)
- 824:701 Theory and History of Community Development
- 824:710 Planning, Markets, and Community Development
Methods Courses (5 courses/15 credits)
- 824:703 Logic of Social Inquiry
- 824:702 Quantitative Analysis I
- 824:709 Quantitative Analysis II
- One Methods Elective
- 824:720 Dissertation Development
Content Courses (4 courses/12 credits)
- 1 International course approved by the Ph.D. Program Director
- 824:705 Regional and Economic Development
- 824:706 Practicum in Community Development
- 824:711 Politics of Community Development
ELECTIVE COURSES (6 courses/18 credits)
- 2 School of Law courses from an approved list
- 1 School of Business course from an approved list
- Any 3 additional graduate courses selected from Law, Business, Public Affairs, Economics, or Sociology, or other department if approved by the student’s advisor of the Program Director.
DISSERTATION (12 credits)
Dissertation committees will consist of a minimum of three members: at least one faculty member from the Department of Public Policy and Administration, who will serve as chair, and at least one from the Schools of Law or Business. The presence of law and business faculty on dissertation committees contributes not only to the program’s interdisciplinary aspect but also achieves full engagement of each of the schools. One member of the committee may be from outside the university, either from another university, government agency, or non-profit organization.