• Course Offerings and Requirements

    MA REQUIREMENTS

    Students earn their MA in Public Policy by successfully completing required courses, electives, and a thesis or comprehensive exam (either option results in 30 credits). The overall program structure is outlined in the curriculum charts below, and any questions can be directed toward the Program Director or an advisor.

    COMPARISON OF NON-THESIS AND THESIS TRACKS

    (Shaded areas reflect option differences.)

    Non-Thesis Track Thesis Track
    15 credits

    Required courses
    (see curriculum chart)

    15 credits

    Required courses
    (see curriculum chart)

    0 credits

    PS 597: Portfolio
    (see description below)

    0 credits

    PS 597: Portfolio
    (see description below)

    15 credits

    Elective courses
    (see options below)

    12 credits

    Elective courses
    (see options below)

    0 credits

    PS-CPE Public Policy Comprehensive Exam

    3 credits

    PS 692: Public Policy Master's Thesis

    30 Credits Total 30 Credits Total

    ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS

    Students should choose electives from the following:

    • PS 598: Special Topics/Special Projects
    • PS 514: Public Opinion and Polling
    • CO/PS 524: Public Opinion and the Media
    • CO/PS 525: Political Communication
    • SW 617: Advanced Practice in Planning and Social Policy
    • SW/PS 618: Social Work Administration
    • HS/PS 522: History of Urbanization in America
     
    • PS 553: Gender, Family, and Policy
    • PS 530: Environmental Policy
    • PS 563: Global Policy and Issues
    • PS 566: Comparative Public Policy
    • PS 585: American Foreign Policy
    • PS 599: Readings and Research
     

    Note: Students can also choose elective courses offered in another discipline. These new selections may be considered acceptable substitutions by the Program Director. Please contact the Program Director or an advisor to discuss the options and procedures for course substitution.


    PS 597: PORTFOLIO - Please contact the Program Director to register.

    • Students must submit a portfolio electronically using an e-Campus dropbox.
    • Typically, portfolios are arranged as follows:
      1. Executive Summary (250 words)
      2. Table of Contents
      3. Resume
      4. Statement of Academic and Professional Goals (750 words)
      5. Artifacts including at least two research papers
      6. Practicum reflective essays
      7. Colloquium essays (students must attend a minimum of two lectures over the course of their program, and write a 2–3 page reflective essay on each Colloquium attended)
      8. Summary Statement