Program of Study
The minimum requirement for the Master of Public Policy and Administration graduate degree is thirty-six hours. A minimum of one-half of the semester hours required for the master’s program, exclusive of thesis credits, must be in courses numbered at the 5000-level. For information on transferring graduate credit from an accredited university or college, see the section on transfer credit in the General Degree Requirements Section in the front of the catalog.
There are three components of the MPPA program:
|Select seven courses from the following:||21|
|Politics and Communication|
|Seminar in Public Administration|
|Urban Political Processes|
|Public Discourse and Foreign Policy|
|Public Policy and the Courts|
|Intelligence and Covert Action|
|Power, Morality, and International Relations|
|Diplomacy in Theory and Practice|
|Seminar in American Politics|
|Seminar in Public Law|
|Research Design and Research Methods|
|American Political Development|
|The American Founding|
|Comparative Constitutional Law|
|American Foreign Policy|
|Seminar in Presidential Rhetoric|
|Reading Course in Political Science (may be taken twice)|
|Select nine semester hours from the following (including at least one 5000-level graduate course):||9|
Courses listed above.
Other Political Science courses.
Relevant graduate-level courses in cognate fields (e.g., Accounting, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Management, Quantitative Business Analysis, Sociology).
|After consultation with the Graduate Program Director, a student will choose one of the following options:||6|
|Graduate Internship (involving a written report on at least three months of full-time supervised employment with a public service agency)|
|Professional Paper in Public Policy and Administration (and one additional 5000-level graduate elective)|
|Thesis (including an oral defense of the project)|