Seeking Ideas for Related PhD Disciplines

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  • #92714

    Bob King

    With the implementation of the post 9/11 GI Bill I now have the opportunity to pursue a funded PhD program.

    What would a good fit related to Gov20 & organizational change?

    Communications? Sociology? Business? Something else?

    Are there any recommed colleges or programs in this area?

  • #92722

    Steve Ressler

    I’d go with Public Policy. Syracuse has Gov 2.0 course and Harvard Kennedy has some discussions.

    Georgetown has a cool – Culture, Comm, & Tech program

    Generally I’d go where you find a professor that has similar interests and you like. That makes all the difference.

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    I agree with checking out public policy programs, and I’d suggest also looking at informatics programs.

  • #92718

    Bill Brantley

    George Mason University’s PhD program in Public Policy allows you design a customized program. That might be a good fit.

  • #92716

    Rob Seidner

    I would suggest Public Administration because it deals more with the pragmatic topics you suggested. The classics of Public Administration include a combination of political science, sociology and business/management/economics.

    I agree with the statement about finding a professor you can work with first because of how important that relationship will be to you completing the degree. I also highly suggest you look into the structure of the program if you are looking to do this part time or do not plan on an academic career. PhD programs cater to different niches and design every aspect of the education towards that end goal. Not that one style is better than another, but fit matters more for a PhD then BA or Masters.

    Good luck and thank you for your service.

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