Liberty University PhD Public Policy
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Class Type 100% online, 8-week courses
Next Start Date May 13, 2024
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Shape Policy and Change Lives with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Policy

Public policy dictates every area of our lives the economic climate of our nation, the education of children from all walks of life, the relationship between different countries, and even our national security. Changes in public policy have profound and far-reaching effects on people across the globe.

Imagine making a real and lasting difference in our nation and in the lives of our citizens. You know that Christ cares about the needs of all people, and you recognize the role public policy can play in meeting those needs. With Liberty University’s PhD in Public Policy, you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to research and transform the world of public policy.


What can I do with a PhD in Public Policy?

A PhD in government and public policy can help equip you for a variety of fulfilling careers. By earning your doctorate in public policy, you could:

  • Conduct critical policy research for a nonprofit or government organization.
  • Pass down your knowledge to the next generation of policymakers as a professor.
  • Work for government officials and organizations to analyze, strategize, and implement public policy changes.
  • Work in public relations and communications using vital strategy, writing, and relational skills.

With so many avenues to take, our various areas of specialization in the online PhD in Public Policy can help prepare you for the specific focus of public policy that you feel called to.

Or, if you know you want to better understand public policy but do not have a clear area of interest yet, our doctor of public policy general track can give you the foundation and flexibility you need for a variety of directions.

Why Choose Liberty University’s PhD Program in Public Policy?

Some of the benefits you can look forward to as a Liberty online PhD in Public Policy student include:

  • Choose a specialization that focuses on the topic that interests you most.
  • Learn from seasoned professors who are committed to seeing you succeed in your public policy research and dissertation.
  • Study 100% online so you can remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community without having to travel to take courses on campus. 

At Liberty University, we want to equip students to be the hands and feet of Christ, which is why our PhD in Public Policy online combines a focus on biblical principles of government and policy with a practical understanding of today’s political atmosphere.

Military Tuition Discount

We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity as you work towards your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession — for less.


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Specializations for the Public Policy PhD Program

As a student in Liberty’s PhD in Public Policy degree, you can choose either the general track or one of our specialized areas of study. Get more information about each option below! 


Chinese Affairs

Economic Policy

Education Policy

Foreign Policy

National Security Policy

Social Policy



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What Will You Learn in Our PhD in Public Policy Online?

Combine your passion for policy with Liberty’s standard of academic excellence. Our professors look forward to sharing what they’ve learned from their wealth of experience while mentoring you throughout the dissertation process.

In the PhD in Public Policy, you can gain a biblical understanding of statesmanship that will form the foundation not only for your coursework but also for the way you engage with issues of public policy. From there, you will dive head-first into the institutions and issues shaping public policy today.

In our online PhD in public policy, you will:

  • Compare the impact of nation-states in various historical eras to today’s era of globalization.
  • Consider probability theory and hypothesis testing within the context of public policy decision-making.
  • Consider the role of leaders tasked with protecting nations.
  • Evaluate various models of policy analysis and implementation in relation to effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, constitutional principles, and statecraft.
  • Examine how contemporary challenges such as modern reinterpretations of American constitutionalism have influenced policy formation.
  • Explore the interplay between American state governments and the federal government at macro and micro levels.
  • Practice discussing issues in a fluid fashion approximating a “think-tank” environment.

PhD in Public Policy Career Options

An online PhD in Public Policy can help prepare you for a variety of fulfilling careers, including: 

  • Academic specialist
  • Counterterrorism analyst
  • Director of education policy
  • Federal agent
  • Government leader
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Policy researcher
  • Professor (higher education)
  • Public interest/advocacy group leader
  • Senior public policy analyst
  • Social scientist

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    Highlights of Liberty University’s Public Policy PhD Program

    • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online PhD in Public Policy degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
    • Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’ve frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting. 
    • Our specializations within the online PhD in Public Policy can help equip you for your desired path in public policy. 
    • You can complete our online PhD in Public Policy in as little as 3 years.

    PhD in Public Policy Online Degree Program Information 

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    Admission Requirements for the Online PhD Program in Public Policy

    A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

    All applicants to Liberty’s public policy PhD online program must submit the following:

    • Admission application
    • Application fee*
    • Official college transcripts
    • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

    *There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

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    Transfer Policies

    At Liberty, we want to help you make the most of your prior education by allowing you to transfer in previously earned college credit. That’s why you can transfer in up to 50% of your total credits for a master’s or doctoral program!

    Some restrictions apply. Please visit our Transfer Policy page for more information.