Public Policy, M.A.

This program provides training in public policy as preparation for or advancement in careers in local, regional, state and federal government, nonprofits and the private sector.

In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Sit for an interview with a faculty advisor
  • Provide official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years (waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Note: List of three references is waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Program Details:

  • Requires 36 SH for completion
  • Requires a thesis OR Public Policy Seminar

Required Courses

Core Courses - 12 SH

LAS500Foundations of Public Policy

LAS505Urban Policy Development

LAS510Social Inequality and Public Policy

LAS515Leadership and Organizational Change

Methods - 6 SH

LAS565Research Design and Methodology

LAS570Policy Data Analysis and Planning

Substantive Courses - 15 SH

Choose five courses from the list below:

LAS520Comparative Public Policy

LAS525Community Development Planning and Policy

LAS530Immigration Policy

LAS535Education and Public Policy

LAS536Public Policy of Health Care

LAS540Bureaucracy and Policymaking

LAS545Technology and Public Policy

LAS550Public Policy and the Environment

LAS555The Politics of Policymaking

LAS557Proposal Writing and Grantsmanship

LAS560Advanced Public Finance

LAS590Public Policy Internship

LAS595Public Policy Special Topic

Completion requirement - 3 SH

LAS593Public Policy Seminar


LAS599Master's Thesis