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Doctor Of Philosophy In Public Policy Social Policy Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8-Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
May 13, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Help Create Positive Cultural Change with Liberty’s Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy

Do you have a passion for helping your community work through complex cultural issues to create positive social change? With Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Policy – Social Policy, you can master the skills you need to help shape social policy at the local, state, and national levels, all from a Christian worldview.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy?

At Liberty, you’ll benefit from over 30 years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner and more than a decade of researching the needs of the online student. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you, and we look forward to working with you to accomplish your personal and career goals. Each course within our Public Policy doctoral program is taught from a Christian worldview, which means our focus on ethics and moral decision-making as they relate to public policy development sets us apart from other online universities.

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What Will You Learn in our Doctoral Degree in Public Policy – Social Policy? 

Through the online Ph.D. in Public Policy, you will study a balance of policy and government that will equip you to succeed as a senior leader in public service. Healthcare, taxation, immigration, and international relations are all issues that affect communities across the country — and they can also be the underlying causes of many social concerns. The social policy specialization will prepare you to ethically address these issues as well as educate future public policy leaders, researchers, and scholars.

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Degree Info
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Benefits of Choosing Liberty University‘s Online Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy

  • By earning your Ph.D. in Public Policy from an accredited, nonprofit university whose online programs are ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you can be confident your degree will be well respected within your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • You can complete our online Ph.D. in Public Policy, with a specialization in Social Policy, in as little as 3 years.

Potential Career Opportunities with a Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy

  • Director of Research, Public Policy Evaluation
  • Social Scientist
  • Senior Public Policy Analyst
  • Professor of Political Science
  • Social Research Scientist
  • Public Interest/Advocacy Groups

Ph.D. in Public Policy Degree – Online Program Information

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Admission Requirements for Ph.D. 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 must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of English proficiency

*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.