- PhD Program
Rural communities face an extraordinarily complex set of challenges due to sparse settlements and geographic isolation, exacerbated by globalization and technological change in an interdependent urban-rural system. Addressing these challenges requires both the theoretical insights of multiple disciplines and the practical wisdom that derives from engagement in solving actual problems in rural places. The primary goal of the Rural Policy concentration is to develop a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers that engage rural communities in place-based multi-method research that not only develops our knowledge of rural communities and their environments, but also effects positive change in those communities. Working with OSU’s Policy Analysis Lab, or the International Consortium for Rural Policy Studies, or the Canadian based Rural Policy Learning Commons, students have the opportunity to engage in rural policy research and internships both in the United States and the World.
The Rural Policy Concentration Advisor is Professor Mark Edwards.
Minimum 16 credit hours in the following courses (MPP & PhD):