Doctoral programs

Advance your career and your community. Pursue a graduate degree through the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions.

Prospective students interested in graduate program offerings within the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions at Arizona State University are encouraged to submit their application materials as early as possible. Visit the ASU Graduate College website to learn more.

Community Resources and Development, Ph.D.

The doctoral program in community resources and development is a theoretically grounded, research-intensive degree program designed to prepare graduates for research-oriented careers in higher education, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and private-sector businesses. 

Criminology & Criminal Justice, Ph.D.

This program is designed to produce highly skilled criminology and criminal justice faculty and agency researchers and administrators.

Public Administration and Policy, Ph.D.

The PhD in public administration and policy is a theoretically grounded research degree designed to prepare students for an academic career. 

Public Administration and Policy (Urbanism), Ph.D.

The concentration in urbanism leverages the varied interests in urbanism and helps emerging scholars as they attempt to compare, contrast, and take stock of urbanism.

Social Work, Ph.D.

The purpose of the doctoral program in social work is to prepare future social work scholars.