Doctorate (PhD) in Public Administration
The School of Political Studies offers a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Public Administration. The PhD program aims to prepare students for academic and research careers. The various components of the doctoral program (courses, comprehensive examination, thesis proposal, thesis and defence) are all designed to develop the student’s capacity for high level independent research in social sciences.
The program offers two fields or concentrations in public administration: public management and public policy. The Ph.D. program is offered only with a thesis profile.
Doctoral thesis by articles in Public Administration (PAP)
Rules for a doctoral thesis by articles:
- The thesis supervisor must agree beforehand with the choice of the option of thesis by articles.
- The thesis by articles must meet the following requirements:
- The thesis must include a minimum of three articles. The student must be the sole author of at least two of the articles and the first author of the article(s) written in collaboration (in the case where the data used is not the property of the student).
- Articles must be written for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Articles must be of publishable quality, whether submitted or not. It is preferable that the thesis committee gives advice on the articles and chapters of the thesis (see point 3) before submission, but it is up to the jury to evaluate the thesis as a whole.
- In addition to the articles, the thesis by articles must also include the following chapters:
- An introductory chapter
- A chapter on the theoretical framework, literature review, and the methodology(ies).
- A conclusion that presents the problematic of the thesis, summarizes the conclusions and specifies the contribution in the field.
- Even if the articles have been accepted for publication, the members of the jury may require modifications to the articles that make up the thesis as part of a verdict 1 or a verdict 2.
- The thesis by articles is a trial project for 5 years. Based on the experience accumulated in PAP and other known experiences, the program will decide to maintain this option, modify it or withdraw it.