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

LAS 500Foundations of Public Policy

3 OR 5

LAS 505Urban Policy Development

3 OR 5

LAS 510Social Inequality and Public Policy

3 OR 5

LAS 515Leadership and Organizational Change

3 OR 5

Note: All courses must be taken for 3 semester hours.

Methods - 6 SH

LAS 565Research Design and Methodology

3 OR 5

LAS 570Policy Data Analysis and Planning

3 OR 5

Note: All courses must be taken for 3 semester hours.

Substantive Courses - 15 SH

Choose five courses from the list below:

LAS 520Comparative Public Policy

3 OR 5

LAS 525Community Development Planning and Policy

3 OR 5

LAS 530Immigration Policy

3 OR 5

LAS 535Education and Public Policy

3 OR 5

LAS 536Public Policy of Health Care

3

LAS 540Bureaucracy and Policymaking

3 OR 5

LAS 545Technology and Public Policy

3 OR 5

LAS 550Public Policy and the Environment

3 OR 5

LAS 555The Politics of Policymaking

3 OR 5

LAS 557Proposal Writing and Grantsmanship

3

LAS 560Advanced Public Finance

3 OR 5

LAS 590Public Policy Internship

1 TO 3

LAS 595Public Policy Special Topic

1 TO 5

Note: All courses except LAS 590 and LAS 595 must be taken for 3 semester hours.

Completion requirement - 3 SH

LAS 593Public Policy Seminar

3

or

LAS 599Master's Thesis

3