Program Requirements and Curriculum


"Our times demand a new definition of leadership -- global leadership. They demand a new constellation of internatinal cooperation -- governments, civil society and the private sector, working together for a global public good." -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Program of Study

Thirty-six (36) credits are required for the M.A. degree. They include 21 in a set of five required core courses that provide students with an overview of the field of public policy, the international political economy that is affecting policymaking at all levels, rigorous training in the qualitative and quantitative research methods needed to develop, implement and evaluate public policy, and either a six-credit thesis or internship. Fifteen credits (5 courses) are taken in electives -- drawn from either of two concentrations: Public Policy and Administration or Public Policy and International Affairs. Two of the elective credits can be taken outside the Political Science Department from a list of courses relevant to a variety of professional goals. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in about two years.

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