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.
Courses from both the public policy and psychology/evaluation departments include a strong emphasis on the political issues involved in evaluations of any kind - including the stakeholder/constituent role in evaluation, empowerment aspects, and the ethical requirements of a policy analyst/evaluator. The program allows considerable individual flexibility (with the approval of a faculty advisor) to construct a program that builds important skills for a wide range of careers.
Evaluation/Method Elective (Example)
PSYCH315a Theory-Driven Program Evaluation
PSYCH352L Professional Development in Evaluation & Applied Methods
Research and Statistical Methods
Either SPE or SBOS courses
PP481 Quantitative Research Methods
PP482 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
Methodology Elective (Example)
Survey Research Methods
PSYCH302 Research Methods
PSYCH308a Intermediate Statistics
PSYCH308c Applied Multiple Regression
PSYCH308d Categorical Data Analysis
With the approval of their Academic Advisor, students may take elective courses at any CGU school. For MA students who wish to transfer to a Ph.D. program, 4 units of electives could be satisfied through a Transdisciplinary course. No units from graduate programs outside CGU may be applied to this degree program.
Application to the Program
Students may apply to the Master of Arts in Evaluation and Policy Analysis program through either the School of Politics and Economics (SPE) or the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (SBOS). Admission will be determined by a joint SPE-SBOS committee.