PhD in Management and Public Service

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Prepare for an exciting new chapter in your career

You're ready to take your leadership to the next level. And Hamline’s PhD in Management and Public Service is designed to help you get there.

In a world where rapid change is commonplace, leaders like you need the skills to think critically and act intentionally. The challenges you face require cross-sector collaboration where leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors work together to build solutions.

Hamline’s PhD is designed specifically for leaders looking to build their skills, gain new knowledge, and take the practical next step to meeting the leadership needs of this century. You will:

  • Engage in a powerful exchange of ideas with a community of your peers
  • Expand your professional network across public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • Learn how to lead more effectively, and increase your ability to forge partnerships across sectors

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PhD in Management and Public Service frequently asked questions

When can I start? The PhD program is a cohort program that starts every two years. The next start is fall 2025; the application deadline is April 1, 2024. 
Are courses offered online or on campus? Hamline's PhD in Management and Public Service is offered on-campus, with courses meeting one weekday a week from 6-9 p.m.
How long will it take? Your core coursework takes three years. Students then take approximately one-to-two years to complete their dissertation.
What is the format? Courses are offered on-campus, one evening per week.

Being in the program with students from different backgrounds gave me a uniquely broader perspective. Before, I was well-versed in connecting regionally with different agencies. This program has really allowed me to go beyond that at a state and national level."

— Mitchell Berg PhD ’19; Clinical assistant professor, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

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