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The Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware currently offers five distinct, but related, doctoral programs.
The Biden School programs take an interdisciplinary approach to the education of doctoral students, which leverages our intellectually diverse faculty and engages related disciplines across the university and beyond. All of our programs offer rigorous substantive and methodological training in a collaborative research environment.
Supported by a strong community of scholars, the Biden School doctoral students contribute to a long tradition of applying research methods to the problems facing contemporary local, state, and national entities. Our students are educated in the well-known "Delaware Model," which offers numerous teaching, research, and real-world engagement opportunities to supplement and enhance the classroom experience throughout the programs.
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The doctoral program in disaster science and management is an interdisciplinary degree organized around thematic areas related to the management of, prevention of, and recovery from disasters.
Candidates who successfully complete the ENEP doctoral degree are prepared for rewarding academic or professional careers in sustainable energy and water development, environmental protection, climate change policy, and green economics.
The education and social policy program offers an interdisciplinary approach to addressing complex education policy and social policy questions with a firm grounding in understanding how these systems work.
The doctoral program in public policy and administration is research-oriented and prepares students to engage in rigorous scholarship that addresses the critical policy and administrative challenges of our times.
The engineering and public policy programs serves students who are interested in using the concepts and methods of policy analysis to understand the broader societal context of technical programs and decisions.
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Biden School faculty and staff work on a wide variety of research projects each year, and many interdisciplinary policy areas and research methods are applied when doing this work. For our students, this means that there are a multitude of opportunities for students to get real-world, hands-on experience doing research in an area of interest.
Doctoral programs in the Biden School have long provided cutting-edge research training with excellent faculty leaders from their fields. More than that, though, they also have a long history of serving as agents of change for the University and the larger society. The School’s initial doctoral program was designed to be different, and a half-century later, all of our doctoral programs reflect the values and characteristics that made that program stand out; all are interdisciplinary, translational, and community-engaged. In recent decades, these characteristics have become more highly valued within the overall priorities of research universities, including the University of Delaware. Read about the legacy you could join if you study with us.