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.
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 public or non-profit service and management; and 2) Public Policy and International Affairs for those who want to work in international settings in government, the non-governmental sector, or business.
Opportunities are available through the program for internships in a variety of public, non-profit, international and corporate settings, as well as short and medium-term intensive study abroad. The graduate program 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.
The 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: government and nonprofit agencies, international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), education, business, law, journalism, and social services, or to pursue further graduate studies.
- In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
- Two letters of recommendation from professional sources.
- Writing sample, preferably a graded paper or a paper that has been written in pursuit of one’s professional work.
- A minimum verbal score of 152 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a minimum score of 399 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
- Applicants lacking a foundation of undergraduate coursework in political science or the social sciences may be required to take appropriate undergraduate courses in the discipline.
- 36 credits of graduate study.
- Satisfactory completion of a research thesis.
- Education and Academia
- Policy Research & Analysis
- Non Governmental Organizations
- Civil Service and Government
- Public Relations
- Research and Think Tanks
- Law and Legal Services
- International Business
- Public Management
- Politics and Public Service
- Lobbying & Advocacy, and many others.
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Last updated February 7, 2018