MPA Public Policy
The Public Policy Concentration track attracts people interested in careers as professional policy analysts.
This concentration emphasizes a combination of knowledge and skills, including the understanding of various models of public policy, how to analyze current and proposed policies, and how to engage in policy development and advocacy. Students will improve their analytical skills to prepare for or advance in positions as policy analysts, budget analysts, or evaluators.
To complete this concentration, students take two required courses
- Foundations of Public Policy (4 credits). This course examines how public policy is created, implemented, evaluated and held accountable in the current social, economic and political environment.
- Advanced Research Methods (4 credits). In this course students will explore advanced research design, analysis and statistical techniques both from a quantitative and qualitative perspective to think critically and actively about vital issues, practice policy applications, build a "tool box" and facilitate further research. The program teaches the "how to" but also teaches the limitations, practical political problems and ethical implications of different techniques and methodologies.
Students complete this concentration by taking 16 elective credits in particular public policy arenas (e.g., health, education, environment, etc.) and other aspects of public administration.