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
Oct 21, 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 level, all from a Christian worldview.

Help communities break out of cycles of negativity with smart, practical policies that increase opportunities, help improve lives, and are based on biblical values. Whether you want to develop social policy research or help raise up a new generation of social policy professionals grounded in Christian ethics, Liberty’s online Ph.D. in Public Policy can give you the training you need.

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

With a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a specialization in social policy, you will be equipped to engage with the most challenging cultural issues of our time. The experience, advanced study, and applicable biblical values you will gain through this program will help you make a greater legislative impact on policymaking. Overall, this degree can equip you with the tools you need to advocate for better, healthier communities.

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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 can 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.

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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 1% 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 4 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 Group Leader

Ph.D. in Public Policy Degree Online Program Information

  • 100% Online
  • 60 total hours
  • Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred in from an accredited and non-conferred degree.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.
  • This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
  • View related Course Guides in our Helms School of Government (login required).

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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.