About Policy Studies PhD
About the Program
The three fields in this program are designed around the interdisciplinary policy-related research expertise of the core faculty in social policy and existing graduate programs at Ryerson in the areas of public policy, public administration and immigration studies. Students can focus on Canadian (local, sub-national and national) or international policy studies.
The Social Policy field encompasses research and opportunities in the areas of social welfare policy, labour market policy, family policy, health policy, food policy, environmental policy and justice policy.
The Immigration, Settlement and Diaspora Policies field is designed for students who are interested in immigration policy-related research including migration studies, settlement and diaspora studies.
The Public Policy and Administration field is for students who wish to engage in research and advanced study related to issues of public policy process, policy theory, implementation studies and public administration.
- To provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of policy studies in Canada and the global context.
- To provide a strong theoretical foundation in policy studies and social science methodologies and the critical analytical skills necessary to understand the complex political and social environment in which public policy research is conducted.
- To provide an understanding of the relationships between the public, private and third sectors (including para-public, voluntary and not-for-profit) as they affect policy.
- To develop the capacity of students to think critically and communicate effectively – in writing and orally – commensurate with the demands of an academic or professional career in policy research.