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Public Policy (may be more than 32 credits)

The policy track is designed to give students interested in politics and public policy the skills and substantive knowledge to understand and analyze the politics of public policy. Unlike a traditional MPP degree, which focuses on policy analysis, or an MPA degree, which focuses on administration and management, the MA in political science obtained through the policy track is designed for students who want to take a broader approach to policy in their work in government, non-profits, or for companies on policy-related issues.

Track Courses

  • • Third methods course: students will take both Quantitative Methods (RPOS 517) and Qualitative (and Mixed) Methods (RPOS 618)
  • • Public Policy Core
    • Field Seminar in Public Policy (RPOS 513)
    • Comparative Public Policy (RPOS 546)
    • State and Local Policy (RPOS XXX)
  • At least two additional courses in an aspect or area of public policy, e.g., Inequality and Public Policy (RPOS 604), Migration (RPOS 605), Foreign Policy (RPOS 584), or Health Policy and Politics (RPAD 516)