Social and Public Policy

The Social and Public Policy Concentration of the MPA Program is designed to provide students a deep and broad understanding of public policy in a variety of areas.  Given the growing complexity of United States and international policy, this concentration prepares students to better understand policy trends and to engage in thoughtful policy analysis and policy drafting.

Requirements

Thirty-nine to forty-two credits, as follows:

A. Core Courses (30 credits)

  • PUB 500 - Foundations of American Public Policy (3)
  • PUB 501 - Administrative Organization and Behavior (3)
  • PUB 502 - Public Sector Management (3)
  • PUB 506 - Research Design and Qualitative Methods (3)
  • PUB 508 - Evaluation of Services and Programs (3)
  • PUB 518 - Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector (3)
  • PUB 519 - Law and Administrative Processes (3)
  • PUB 580 - Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (3)
  • PUB 593 - Introduction to Public Administration (3)
  • PUB 595 - Practicum in Public Administration (3)

B. Concentration Requirements (9 credits)

Three from:

  • PUB 505 - Health Policy (3)
  • PUB 522 - Environmental Law and Public Policy (3)
  • PUB 530 - Criminal Justice Policy (3)
  • PUB 571 - Public Economics (3)
  • PUB 574 - Disability Law and Policy (1-3)
  • Another 500-level class approved by the program Director

C. Internship (0-3 credits)

  • PUB 590 - Internship (3) (Can be waived by advisor if student has 2 or more years of public sector experience)

Note

With consent of the program director, up to six credits in the following courses may be applied to the program:

  • PUB 589 - Independent Study in Public Administration (1-3)
  • PUB 599 - Special Topics in Public Administration (3)

Additional information on MPA concentration in Social and Public Policy including course descriptions can be found in the catalog