Gain the quantitative, economic, political, and organizational skills to analyze and contribute to policy in the public and private sectors.
You’ll use the skills you gain to address real policy issues. Prior to graduation, you’ll also complete a 300-hour internship at an approved site.
Draw on research and analysis to understand and influence policy-making in private and governmental organizations.
As a policy research and analysis major, you’ll gain the technical abilities to conduct a range of research activities that relate to government policy. You’ll also complete a set of required degree courses, which are outlined in the MPA plan of study.View MPA plan of study
What are the true consequences of a policy? Even with good data, this question is often difficult to answer, as policies are rarely introduced in isolation. This means that patterns in data may demonstrate the effects of policies, but may also reflect the influences of various confounding factors. This course will introduce you to quantitative methods aimed at identifying the causal impacts of policies.
This course sharpens and systematizes your understanding of incentives and psychological motivation, to identify and model strategic issues in real-world cases in public and international affairs. You’ll also learn how to communicate analysis compellingly and concisely.
Become familiar with a powerful tool for the public sector that’s used in a variety of disciplines. This course gives you a solid foundation of the principles and applications of GIS, offers an introduction to the desktop software ArcGIS, and demonstrates its uses in the public sectors.
Learn from and work with faculty who have firsthand experience in collecting and analyzing data, researching policy issues, and informing policy decisions.View All Faculty
A noted authority on Public Policy Analysis, Dunn wrote the most widely cited book on the subject.Learn More
Linardi collaborates with social service providers and technology firms through field and laboratory experiments to understand their organizational challenges and how to solve them.Learn More
A specialist in applied microeconomics, Jones’ diversity of expertise includes the economics of race and gender, political institutions and representation, charitable giving, and non-monetary motivation in the labor market.Learn More
Gain experience in research, analysis, teaching, and service in the field of public policy.View all