Program Almanac 2009
The following data are from institutional responses to NASPAA’s Fall 2009 Enrollment and Academic Year 2008-2009 Degrees Awarded Survey, administered by NASPAA in Spring 2010. The data reflect only survey-participating institutional members. Of the 268 NASPAA institutional members as of spring 2010, 189 responded to the survey as of July 1, 2010. Of the 189 responses, 185 were valid, giving the survey a response rate of 69 percent.

Doctoral Degrees AY 2008 - 2009

(N=185) (Response Rate=69%)

Degree Programs Offered Fall 2009

Degree Type Program Offered
by Respondent
Percent of
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 52 28.3
Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) 5 2.7
Total Program* 57  

* Not all NASPAA programs offer doctoral level degrees and this result is based on the feedback that NASPAA received for the survey only.

Doctoral Program Highlight

About 28 percent of the respondent programs offer Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Public Policy or related disciplines. About 3 percent of the responding programs offer Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) degrees.

Doctoral Student Enrollment Fall 2009

Degree Type Enrolled
DPA 82 30.1 190 69.9 272
Ph.D. 1,240 60.5 808 39.5 2,048
Total Enrolled 1,322 57.0 998 43.0 2,320

Enrollment Highlight

About 61 percent of Ph.D students enrolled full-time; about 70 percent of DPA students enrolled on a part-time basis

Degree Awarded AY 2008 - 2009

Degree Type Degrees Awarded
by Respondents
Percent of
Degree Awarded
by Respondents
Ph.D. 251 92.6
DPA 20 7.4
Total Degree Awarded 271  

Degree Awarded Highlight

271 doctoral candidates received their doctoral degrees in Public Policy/Public Affairs or related disciplines. About 93 percent of the degree granted are Doctors of Philosophy.