MA in Public Policy and Administration

Adler School of Professional Psychology

Program Description

MA in Public Policy and Administration

Adler School of Professional Psychology

MA in Public Policy and Administration

The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration offers students an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to engage in advocacy, understand government and public policy, and manage non-profit, private and governmental organizations.   A focus on excellent communication skills will enable students to successfully lead organizations, advance an advocacy agenda, and problem-solve in complex situations.

This program is designed to provide students competencies in the following areas:

    •    Leadership and management skills that are adaptable to non-profit, private and government settings.

    •    Ability to develop and advocate for policies at multiple levels of government.

    •    Critical thinking skills that enable problem-solving and decision-making in complex environments.

    •    Ability to integrate a commitment to social justice in public service, particularly through consultation with those communities and people affected by policy.

    •    Communication skills that are adaptable to working with diverse and multicultural people in the workplace and community.

Urban Mental Health Concentration

According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s humanity lives in urban areas. By 2050, that figure is projected exceed 60%. In the United States, the rate of urbanization already exceeds 80 percent. The poorest parts of the world—in Asia, African and parts of Latin America—are projected to experience the most rapid growth in urbanization.

Research shows that urban residence is a predisposing factor for mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety and mood disorders. Research also shows an association between urban residence and the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity.  However, through sound planning and public policy, cities can promote the mental health well-being of their populations.

This interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare professionals with a unique set of skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to effectively collaborate across disciplinary and professional boundaries in order to develop and implement public policy that ensures that cities promote the mental health of their populations.

The program draws heavily on theoretical and empirical work in the social sciences such as sociology, anthropology, political science, demography, and economics. The curriculum also draws on the work of practitioners in public health; social work; psychology; public administration; land use and urban planning; environmental and civil engineering; public safety and law enforcement; education; housing; health care; workforce, community and economic development; and other sectors.

Program Format

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration, Urban Mental Health concentration is a 36 credit hour program. The courses required for this program are offered evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm to accommodate those who may be working full-time. Students who complete two courses per term will be able to complete the degree in two years.

Admission Requirements

    •    At least a baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university

    •    A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework

    •    Completion of the following semester courses with grades of "C" or better: Introductory Microeconomics and a social science course in quantitative analysis such as Research methods, Statistics, or Reasoning.

    •    Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty

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Sept. 2017
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USA Chicago, Illinois
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