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.

Concentration in Policy Analysis and Administration

The concentration in policy analysis and administration will give you the analytic and technical skills, broad understanding of public policy formulation and implementation, and a specialization that will help you succeed in your area of interest. Students in this concentration:

  • Learn the nature of the policy-making process;
  • Gain an understanding of the techniques of policy analysis and social science research methodology;
  • Investigate at least one substantive areas of public policy (e.g., health, environment, human services, community development).

A concentration in policy analysis and administration prepares graduates to devise, analyze and implement policies to respond to today's challenging social and political problems, to work as administrators or policy analysts in public, private and non-profit organizations.

Concentration in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

The concentration in conflict resolution and peace studies introduces students to the field of conflict transformation and provides students with the academic and practical tools needed to address issues of peace and justice. Specifically, the program:

  • Introduces theoretical tools for the analysis of conflict;
  • Offers training in the methods of conflict resolution;
  • Imparts ethical, moral, and philosophical insights into the process of creating peaceful social change;
  • Provides opportunities for experiential learning through internships.

The program includes considerations of mediation, nonviolence, international social movements, non-governmental organizations, human rights, ethnic politics, international negotiation, post-conflict justice and reconciliation, and comparative social change.

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