Social Policy

The concentration in Social Policy appeals to students who are committed to the study of social issues of public importance, who would like to pursue careers analyzing social needs and policy impacts as well as advocating for improved policies and implementation. To that effect, the curriculum offers courses on pressing social problems both in the U.S. and other parts of the world, and highlights linkages between inequality and discrimination, conflict, poverty, political and community participation, and social mobility. Students are trained in essential methods such as policy analysis and other rigorous tools of social science to bear on these important policy questions.

To learn more about Masters programs that offer this concentration, and to access the Plan of Study for this concentration as well as other concentration options, follow these links to the Master of International Development and the Master of Public Administration

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Major Courses and Plans of Study

With the social policy concentration, you will choose from a range of core courses tailored to you interests as well as taking a set of required degree courses. Compare the requirements for the MPA and MID degrees with this concentration.

Faculty Experts

Work with faculty whose academic backgrounds, fieldwork, and research are at the nexus of environmental policy and practice.

Sera Linardi

Sera Linardi
Associate Professor

Linardi collaborates with social service providers and technology firms through field and laboratory experiments to understand their organizational challenges and how to solve them.

Müge Kökten Finkel

Müge Kökten Finkel
Director, Ford Institute for Human Security; Assistant Professor

An authority on gender equality, Finkel's current research focuses on politics of public sector employment and opportunities for women.

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones
PhD Program Director; Associate Professor

As an Applied Microeconomist, Daniel's research focuses in the fields of public economics, labor economics, and political economy. Recently focusing on the economics of gender and race, he studies how diversity impacts certain economic, political, and policy outcomes.