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Curriculum for Master of Public Policy and Administration

The MPPA program prepares students for careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors.  All students are required to complete the courses in common Foundations. Students choose to complete course work in either Public Management (Option A) or Public Policy (Option B). 

Students who choose Public Management take 9 hours of required courses in the Public Management Core and then two approved electives in Public Management. Students who choose Public Policy take 9 hours of required courses in the Public Policy Core and then choose two elective courses in either Global Security, Energy & the Environment, or a customized policy area.

An internship is recommended for students without previous professional experience in a public or non-profit organization. Students with professional experience may choose two elective graduate courses in lieu of the 6 internship hours. No thesis is required for the completion of the degree. The MPPA consists of 39 semester hours.

Foundations (18 hrs.)

(Required of all students)
  • POLS 512 Quantitative Political Analysis
  • POLS 550 Public Administration
  • POLS 548 Public Policy Process
  • POLS 560 Public Financial Administration
  • POLS 566 Public Service Ethics and Values
  • ECON 570 Economics for the Public Sector

Option A. Public Management  (15 hrs.)

Public Management Core (9 hrs. required)   

  • POLS 514 Research Methods in PA
  • POLS 542 Legal Foundations in PA
  • POLS 562 Public Management

-and-

Public Management Electives (6 hrs., select 2)

  • POLS 539 State and Local Government
  • POLS 553 Non-Profit Management
  • POLS 558 Politics of Administration
  • POLS 564 Human Resource Mgmt.
  • POLS 581 Foundations of Planning  
  • POLS 556 Policy Analysis
  • POLS 543 Law, Regulation & Public Policy

One elective may be taken in or another department with prior approval.

Option B. Public Policy (15 hrs.) 

Public Policy Core (9 hrs. required)    

  • POLS 513 Quantitative Political Analysis or POLS 514 Research Methods in PA

and, any two of the three courses:

  • POLS 556 Policy Analysis
  • POLS 543 Law, Regulation & Public Policy
  • POLS 654 Contemporary Public Policies

--and--

Global Security Electives (6 hrs., select 2)

  • POLS 571 Foundations of Security Studies
  • POLS 573 War, Peace, & Grand Strategy
  • POLS 580 International Relations
  • POLS 682 Theory/Analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • POLS 684 International Law
  • POLS 685 Conflict Processes
  • POLS 686 Arms Control, Deterrence & Nuclear Nonproliferation

--or--

Energy and Environment Electives (6 hrs., select 2)

  • POLS 549 Environmental Policy
  • POLS 551 Energy Policy
  • POLS 554 Sustainable Communities

One elective may be taken in another department with prior approval

--or--

A Customized Policy Elective (6 hrs. of approved coursework)

Internship (6 hours)

Recommended for students without professional experience. Students with professional experience may take two approved seminars in lieu of an internship.


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