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Governing U is an index of public sector management and policy degrees from universities across the country. It provides a single source for browsing offerings from Master of Public Administration (MPA) , the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Executive MPA and certificate and other professional programs designed specifically for the education needs of working professionals in public service.



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    Master of Science in Public Affairs

    Based in the John W McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the MS in Public Affairs program focuses on three broad goals: to provide students with a detailed, accurate picture of the political and economic environments on the national, state, and local levels; to give them needed historical and cultural perspectives on public life in the region; and to ensure that they have the kind of technical, professional, analytical, and managerial skills needed to function effectively in the public realm. Students are sought who are currently employed and who have had several years’ experience in the public, private, and not-for profit sectors, although students who have just completed an undergraduate degree are also considered.

    As most students are employed full-time, the program operates on an evening and weekend schedule. In addition to the faculty members in Public Affairs, the program also draws on other faculty from throughout the University. Faculty members holding part-time status in this program are career professionals—strongly committed to sharing their knowledge and skills with those entering the field. 
    Ph.D in Public Policy
    The PhD Program in Public Policy, located within the John W McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, is designed to educate students in methods and approaches to public policy analysis in a variety of policy areas. The program provides interdisciplinary study at both the theoretical and applied levels, drawing on a broad variety of academic disciplines. The program’s curriculum offers students a solid grounding in a wide range of political and economic philosophies and theories of public policy and emphasizes a commitment to urban issues and multicultural perspectives, with a focus on state and local policy. In addition, students acquire intensive experience in a range of research methods and in techniques of both quantitative and qualitative analysis. 
    Full-time study is normally required during the first two years of enrollment, though a part-time study option is available. Students generally complete the program in 4-7 years.  Students may apply for an en route Master of Science degree in Public Policy upon successful completion of core courses and a two-part comprehensive exam. 

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