Doctor Of Philosophy In Public Policy Social Policy Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Oct 25, 2021
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Help Create Positive Cultural Change with Liberty’s Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy

Do you have a passion for helping your community work through complex cultural issues to create positive social change? With Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Policy – Social Policy, you can master the skills you need to help shape social policy at the local, state, and national levels, all from a Christian worldview.

Help communities break out of cycles of negativity with smart, practical policies that increase opportunities, help improve lives, and are based on biblical values. Whether you want to develop social policy research or help raise up a new generation of social policy professionals, Liberty’s online Ph.D. in Public Policy can give you the training you need.

Why Choose Liberty’s Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy?

With a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a specialization in social policy, you can be equipped to engage with the most challenging cultural issues of our time. The experience, advanced study, and applicable biblical values you will gain through this program will help you make a greater legislative impact on policymaking. Overall, this degree can equip you with the tools you need to advocate for better, healthier communities.

At Liberty, you’ll benefit from over 30 years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner and more than a decade of researching the needs of the online student. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you, and we look forward to working with you to accomplish your personal and career goals. Each course within our public policy doctoral program is taught from a Christian worldview, which means our focus on ethics and moral decision-making as they relate to public policy development sets us apart from other universities.

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

What Will You Learn in Our Doctoral Degree in Public Policy – Social Policy? 

Through the online Ph.D. in Public Policy, you will study a balance of policy and governance principles that can equip you to succeed as a senior leader in public service. Healthcare, taxation, immigration, and international relations are all issues that affect communities across the country — and they can also be the underlying causes of many social concerns.

The social policy specialization will prepare you to ethically address these issues as well as educate future public policy leaders, researchers, and scholars. Our program is unique in that it includes biblical integration and application, presenting a biblical perspective on public policy and statesmanship.

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Benefits of Choosing Liberty’s Online Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among’s top 10 online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 6 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • You can complete our online Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy in as little as 3 years.

Potential Career Opportunities with a Ph.D. in Public Policy – Social Policy

  • Director of research
  • Professor of political science
  • Public interest/advocacy group leader
  • Public policy evaluator 
  • Senior public policy analyst
  • Social research scientist
  • Social scientist

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Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Ph.D. in Public Policy

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.