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Ryerson is a distinctly urban university located in the heart of Toronto.

Ron Branker succesfully defended his diissertation in January 2015.

Ryerson faculty members celebrate inaugural Policy Studies PhD graduate Leslie Nichols (third from right).

The Ryerson University quad.

PhD Policy Theories Core Seminar taught by Professor Ron Vogel

Professor John Shields teaching Social Policy Core Seminar

Adam Thorn, PhD Candidate


Degree offered: PhD

Length of program:

4 years

Application deadline:


Admission Requirements


The PhD in Policy Studies is Canada’s first and only interdisciplinary doctoral program offering students the opportunity to study in three fields: Social PolicyImmigration, Settlement and Diaspora Policies; and Public Policy and Administration.

This interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare a new generation of researchers for positions in academe and the public, non-profit and private sectors at the local, regional, national and international levels.

      Marc Valade

      Marc Valade

      Policy Studies PhD Candidate

      Marc Yvan Valade is a PhD candidate in Policy Studies under the Immigration, Settlement and Diaspora Policies stream. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from L’École nationale d’administration publique (Montreal) and a B.A. from L’Université de Montréal.

      Ron Branker

      Ron Branker

      Policy Studies PhD Alumnus

      Ron Branker is a PhD candidate in the Policy Studies Program at Ryerson University. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University, as well as Master of Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours) degrees in Economics from the University of the West Indies.

      Bryan Evans

      Bryan Evans

      Associate Professor

      Bryan Evans is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. His teaching and research interests focus on public sector restructuring, public policy and public management, as well as the politics of labour and work.

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