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Earning a Master of Public Policy is a great choice for individuals who want to help solve the complicated policy issues facing governments today and strive for a career that can have an impact on the world. Once they graduate with an MA in Public Policy, individuals are equipped to advocate for change on a wide variety of pressing global problems.

Many prospective students frequently ask the question, what is an MA in Public Policy? This degree involves examining different political systems, societies and economies, in order to understand and help fix the issues facing governments, nonprofits and private sector corporations. Many institutions have programs that cover the same broad subjects like financial management, political institutions and policy processes, but many students focus on a sub-specialty. Some options include international affairs, ethical decision making, U.S. law and justice, and social and environmental policy.

A public policy degree is beneficial for anyone interested in career advancement in government, non-profit or business policy. There are a wide variety of course options from which to choose and a degree can set one apart from other job applicants. In some cases, a degree in public policy may be a prerequisite for a specific job.

Many institutions around the globe offer public policy programs, and the costs can widely vary. Anyone interested in pursuing an MA in Public Policy should contact the specific schools about their course fees and registration costs.

People who graduate with a Master of Public Policy can find work in many places. A policy analyst is one option. Other career paths include an economic advisor, legislator, urban planner, city manager and counterterrorism consultant. Some graduates also choose to teach or do research.

Interested candidates should research their options using our vast database as a great place to start. There are a number of high-quality online degrees that may be a perfect fit for students who require flexibility. Search for your program below and contact directly the admissions office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead in form. 

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11 Results in Public Policy

Duquesne University

The Policy Center awards a Master of Arts degree in Social and Public Policy with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Administration or Conflict Resolution and Peace S ... [+]

Duquesne University and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy is offering a special 25 percent tuition and fee award to incoming graduate students in our program.

The Policy Center awards a Master of Arts degree in Social and Public Policy with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Administration or Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.

The Master of Arts degree comprises 36 credits (12 courses), which generally require two academic years of full-time study (nine credit-hours per semester). All M.A. students take "Research Methods" and "Values, Ethics and Policy" and write either a three-credit thesis or an enhanced research paper. The remaining credits are in a concentration and elective courses. Up to six approved credits from another institution may count toward the degree. ... [-]

USA Pittsburgh
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

The program has the advantage of drawing portions of the curriculum from two complementary domains - public policy and evaluation - and offering more extensive coverage o ... [+]

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Evaluation (MAPPE) is a joint program between SPE and SBOS that draws from Public Policy in SPE and Evaluation in SBOS. In addition, strong research methodology offerings in both schools allow students to build a combination of skills that will prepare them for a wide range of attractive careers.

The MAPPE program has the advantage of drawing portions of the curriculum from two complementary domains -- public policy and evaluation -- and offering more extensive coverage of the relevant topics. In a single program, we can provide training on the organizational and process implementation techniques, plus training on the technical aspect of outcome evaluations.... [-]

USA Claremont
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Focused on critical issues and key developments relating to public policy, this course examines globalisation, Europeanisation, governance and policy evaluation. ... [+]

Overview

Focused on critical issues and key developments relating to public policy, this course examines globalisation, Europeanisation, governance and policy analysis and evaluation.

With the current developments around the world, this is one of the most exciting times to be studying the public sector, governance and government, and the delivery of services to meet people's needs. You will have the opportunity to study policy development, implementation and evaluation across a wide range of policy sectors (such as health, food, education) and countries.

We aim to provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools to make sense of the world of public policy and management, so that you can critically analyse situations and problems, and use this to improve practice.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
9 - 24 months
Campus
William Paterson University of New Jersey

Housed in the Political Science Department, the Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs provides the foundation for understanding the ways in which cont ... [+]

Housed in the Political Science Department, the Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs provides the foundation for understanding the ways in which contemporary public policy crosses and supersedes national boundaries in an increasingly integrated global environment of trade, information, and technology, threats to national security and the global ecosystem.

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The program is designed to train you in the foundations of social scientific methods as well as concrete policy areas from education policy, immigration, international human rights, and many others. Our graduates have consistently been able to pursue successful careers in government agencies, private corporations, higher education, local and international NGOs and many other fields. Our interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to train effective innovators and problem solvers by integrating the practical and theoretical, domestic and international dimensions of policy-making and management. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings--in government and non-profit agencies, international NGOs, education, business, law and social services--or to pursue further graduate studies. After taking a core curriculum designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of public policymaking in an era of globalization as well as to provide them with the qualitative and quantitative tools needed for work in a professional policy environment, students can take electives, if desired, in one of two areas: 1) Public Policy and Administration, providing courses that prepare students to work in domestic... [-]

USA Wayne
November 2019
Full-time
Campus
University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law

This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain insight into policymaking and its social impacts on individuals and com ... [+]

MA Degrees in Public Policy. Overview This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain insight into policymaking and its social impacts on individuals and communities. Core modules explore social theories, issues and research methods relevant to social policy and welfare. You will develop core skills in critical policy analysis and policy evaluation. There are also opportunities to study and debate current policy issues, such as work and welfare, child and family policy or the challenges of ageing populations, with a focus on real-life examples. Supported by our well-known research centres and taught by expert tutors, you’ll tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. With a range of optional modules to choose from, you could pursue further advanced research skills or study complementary social topics such as disability studies, gender studies, racism and ethnicity studies, or globalisation. You’ll gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex social issues affecting governments worldwide. Research insight You’ll learn in a research-intensive, stimulating environment. As well as the Leeds Social Sciences Institute which fosters collaboration, you’ll benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and many others. All of these centres run their own calendars of events such as workshops and seminars. Course content ... [-]
United Kingdom Leeds
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
Campus
Kaunas University of Technology

Being overwhelmed by many security issues in public policy, it is more important than ever to understand this dynamic process, to be able to assess emerging risks, threat ... [+]

Overview

Being overwhelmed by many security issues in public policy, it is more important than ever to understand this dynamic process, to be able to assess emerging risks, threats, and their management mechanisms. Successful experience in organising political study programmes has allowed the formation of an open and competent team of lecturers and scientists, the whose arranged programme provides students with the necessary analytical tools and prepares the experts for the 21st-century challenges.

Strong competencies in policy and security analysis

Graduates analyse contemporary public policy and security processes, evaluate them at national, European, international, and global levels; professionally identify public policy and security issues; present their solutions and predict the expected consequences; analyse the development and prospects of public policy and security processes.... [-]

Lithuania Kaunas
September 2019
Full-time
18 months
Campus
USI Università della Svizzera italiana

The public sector has radically changed in recent years and creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities that require new appropriately qualified professio ... [+]

The public sector has radically changed in recent years, as a result of major reforms affecting the operational management of administrations and organizations as well as their political functioning. The most obvious example is the growing impact of the supranational sphere of influence. Recent economic events on the global scale have also placed the public sector back at the heart of socio-economic systems. At the same time, the activities of the non-profit sector have expanded to cover, for example, the provision of utility services. On the whole, public and non-profit private sectors are expected to become key players in this innovation, supporting families and individuals in their economic, cultural and social activities. In this context, while the public sector creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities at the local, regional, national and international levels, it also requires new appropriately qualified professionals. The Master's programme in Public Management and Policy (PMP) teaches notions and know-how that are indispensable to future professionals in the public and non-profit private sectors, nationally and worldwide. The variety of abilities required by anyone wishing to occupy a position of responsibility and promote change in these sectors are exactly what PMP-USI offers. The PMP teaching curriculum is:... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
Anglo-American University

The two-year Public Policy master’s program is designed to transfer the skills necessary for success in public service. Students gain advanced competence in state, privat ... [+]

M.A. in Public Policy

The two-year Public Policy master’s program is designed to transfer the skills necessary for success in public service. Students gain advanced competence in state, private and market analysis, and learn to break down complex political and social problems into strategic solutions.This distinguished curriculum develops confidence in leadership, strategic governance, and informed judgement. In small, interactive classes students learn methods, techniques, and strategy for shaping effective and appropriate solutions to real policy issues. Blending the best in innovative policy around the world, this is the most distinct Public Policy program in Prague.Anglo-American University’s international faculty of specialists teach not only based on their qualifications, but from their experience in policy research, policy design, and intercultural communication.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
NYU | Tisch

Our MA offers an intimate and intensive one-year experience that expands the possibilities of cultural production. We rigorously explore the interplay between critical th ... [+]

Our MA offers an intimate and intensive one-year experience that expands the possibilities of cultural production. We rigorously explore the interplay between critical theory and creative practice. We provide a one of a kind encounter with activists, artists, cultural policymakers, and theorists from diverse disciplines and interests.

Core faculty members include Ella Shohat, Hentyle Yapp, Karen Finley, Kathy Engel, Laura Harris, Pato Hebert and Sheril Antonio. Recent visiting and adjunct faculty include Anna Deavere Smith, Alfredo Jaar, Oskar Eustis, Nathalie Handal, Marta Moreno Vega, Grace Aneiza Ali and Adonis Volanakis.

Students take four core courses inside the Department of Art & Public Policy plus multiple electives throughout a major research university located in the heart of New York City. Our flexible curriculum allows MA students to develop highly individualized paths of research and professional development.... [-]

USA New York
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Polit IQ

The new Lomonosov MSU Master Post-Soviet Public Policy is a two-year degree designed to prepare future professionals in all dimensions of public affairs for a great diver ... [+]

The new Polit IQ & MSU Master in Post-Soviet Public Policy is a two-year degree designed to prepare future professionals in all dimensions of public affairs for a great diversity of careers worldwide.

The objective of the programme is to help students to think critically about complex policy issues, to make decisions and to transform their ideas into action. Besides, the program aims to educate young political scientists and potential policy-makers with deep knowledge in fields of Post-Soviet policy-making process and comparative politics.

The academic supervisor of the programme is Prof. Robert Legvold (Columbia University).

Years of study: 2

Start: September, 1st... [-]

Russia Moscow
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Trier University

The Master's program "International Economics and Public Policy" is an interdisciplinary program jointly run by the Political Science and Economics Departments of the Uni ... [+]

Overview

The Master's program "International Economics and Public Policy" is an interdisciplinary program jointly run by the Political Science and Economics Departments of the University of Trier.

The program combines application and research-oriented courses. Students are trained to get an in-depth understanding of current topics and research in comparative and international political economy by using qualitative and quantitative advanced social science research methods.

Students can choose among a wide range of topics related to, e.g., problems of international economics, governance of the European Union, or current developments in Asia.

Course organization

The Master's program "International Economics and Public Policy" is a two-year full-time program consisting of 10 modules.... [-]

Germany Trier
October 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus