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Public policy decisions have a profound effect on nearly every aspect of daily life, touching on the economy, healthcare, and the environment. Read more

Public policy decisions have a profound effect on nearly every aspect of daily life, touching on the economy, healthcare, and the environment. As the challenges facing our communities—both locally and globally—grow ever more complex, the need to understand and apply sound public policy is critical.

In the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, you can gain the skills needed to address public policy issues and create solutions that will have a positive impact on society. Discover how to formulate, implement, and evaluate public policy within government agencies or in the nonprofit or private sector.

Through a curriculum that blends theory, practice, and a virtual city that simulates real-life scenarios, you can enhance and refine your analytic and quantitative skills while developing a thorough understanding of the political institutions and processes through which public policies are created. Coursework focuses on policy analysis, management and leadership, empirical analysis, ethics, and politics and is designed to prepare you to work in a wide variety of organizations that create, analyze, or operate according to public policy.

You can apply what you learn immediately in your profession and prepare for a role in public policy management or leadership.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Explain how public policies are developed, approved, implemented, and evaluated.
  2. Apply major theories and concepts associated with the development of U.S. public policy and public administration.
  3. Apply a variety of data analysis methods in the study of public policy issues.
  4. Apply a variety of research and design methods in the study of public policy issues.
  5. Describe how to implement methods of organizational change and development while adhering to ethical standards of practice.
  6. Design strategies for collaboration across the research, policy, and practice sectors to solve complex problems.

Find detailed information for the general specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Curriculum

Career options

Various leaders and policymakers who have launched successful public policy careers hold a Master of Public Policy.* A broad range of career options is available for those who hold advanced degrees in public policy, including positions in governments at all levels, nonprofit organizations and NGOs, and higher education and at private-sector companies.

Walden’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) can prepare you for careers as a:

  • Policy analyst
  • Development manager
  • Grant writer
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • City government elected official
  • Government affairs director
  • Legislative analyst
  • Federal intelligence analyst
  • Health program analyst
  • Clinical research associate
  • Environmental analyst
  • Sustainability manager
  • Policy consultant
  • Communications director
  • News and politics editor
  • Policy reporter


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Whether it is at the local, state, or federal level, providing public service increasingly involves collaboration with multiple government agencies as well as private and nonprofit organizations. Read more

Whether it is at the local, state, or federal level, providing public service increasingly involves collaboration with multiple government agencies as well as private and nonprofit organizations. When you earn your online master’s in public administration, you can be prepared to meet these challenges.

Walden’s online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program is designed to help you develop the advanced competencies that are essential to becoming a successful leader in public administration. Gain the skills that can prepare you for cross-sectoral governance and enable you to deliver services to citizens through plans that are transparent, efficient, and ethical. As a student working toward your online MPA degree, you can learn effective ways to balance budgets, write and negotiate contracts, manage conflict, and build partnerships.

Prepare to advance your career as you gain the knowledge to translate policies into programs that work for the public good. Through in-depth research, practical coursework, and a virtual city that simulates real-life scenarios, you can acquire the organizational capabilities you need to administer and oversee diverse and complex agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program will be prepared to:

  1. Describe key leadership concepts and theories that can be used to effectively lead and manage in the public sector.
  2. Determine appropriate skills needed for participating in and contributing to public and nonprofit policy processes.
  3. Critically evaluate strategies for resolving public policy and administration problems in a global economic and political environment.
  4. Develop ethical solutions to advance and improve the lives of citizens and organizations.
  5. Apply models that represent best practices in utilizing diverse perspectives in local, state, national, and international public agencies.

Find detailed information for the general specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

MPA Degree Specializations

Career options

Graduates of this program will be well-prepared for a number of occupations across an array of areas, including government and politics, health, nonprofit, and public affairs. Students can prepare for a career in a variety of roles, including:

  • City manager
  • Department head
  • Government relations officer
  • Public health administrator
  • Health department manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Budget manager
  • Operations manager
  • Management analyst
  • Head of a nongovernmental organization (NGO)
  • Human services agency manager

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.



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From fighting infectious diseases to reducing health disparities, public health professionals across the globe face new challenges every day. Read more

From fighting infectious diseases to reducing health disparities, public health professionals across the globe face new challenges every day.

Walden’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program provides the education you need to address public health issues, including:

  • A solid foundation in the core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, and social and behavioral sciences.
  • A global perspective on public health, enriched by the experiences of students from all over the world.
  • Interactive and enhanced media that allow students to simulate real-world public health issues and solutions.
  • A cutting-edge online environment and curriculum featuring case studies on the latest public health issues.
  • A field experience designed for an immediate impact on your career and your community.

Reflecting Walden’s decades of commitment to positive social change, the online Master of Public Health degree program prepares you to improve the health of communities and deal with health disparities within a wide range of settings.

MPH Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision

Healthy communities through positive social change.

Mission

The mission of the MPH program at Walden University is to provide high-quality education that enables a public health work force of practitioners, researchers, and educators to excel at addressing public health challenges; conducting research; promoting positive social change; and assuring healthy communities at local, national, and international levels.

Goals

The program strives to fulfill its mission through excellent performance via instruction, scholarship, and service activities. The program goals for these three areas are as follows:

  1. Instructional Goal
  2. Prepare students to be competent public health professionals who contribute to positive social change through delivery of the public health core functions and essential services.
  3. Research Goal
  4. Engage in research and scholarly activities that advance the public health profession and contribute to positive social change in local and global communities.
  5. Service Goal
  6. Engage in service activities that advance the public health profession and contribute to positive social change in local and global communities.

MPH Core Values

The values that guide the work of our faculty and students include quality, professional integrity, student-centeredness, respectful engagement, cultural sensitivity, effective leadership, collaboration, social justice, and responsibility for positive social change.

Curriculum

Consistent with our commitment to continuous quality improvement, Walden University has designed the curriculum for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by leading public health organizations.

Completion Requirements

  • 64 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Core courses (51 cr.)
  • Practicum and Capstone (8 cr.)
  • ePortfolio

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Career options

Public health is an exciting and rewarding field with a wide range of career opportunities. Whether you want to design and implement health programs, develop public health policy, administer public health services, or conduct research, Walden’s MPH program provides the expertise you need to advance your career and move into roles such as:

  • Health officer
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Disease investigator
  • Public health educator
  • Public health information officer
  • Public health analyst
  • Public health policy coordinator
  • Public health emergency preparedness and response coordinator
  • Global health professional
  • Research analyst
  • Health policy advisor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community health worker

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Who chooses a career in public health and why?

Public health is a wide field that attracts people from diverse educational and professional backgrounds—from mathematics undergrads who pursue careers in biostatistics to ecologists committed to protecting our environmental health to business people dedicated to improving health program administration.

Regardless of background or specialty, aspiring public health professionals are driven to make a broad, lasting impact on health, not only in their own communities but also all over the world.



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See the department website - http://www.rit.edu/cla/publicpolicy. This innovative master of science degree in science, technology, and public policy enables students to work at the intersection of engineering, science, and public policy. Read more
See the department website - http://www.rit.edu/cla/publicpolicy

This innovative master of science degree in science, technology, and public policy enables students to work at the intersection of engineering, science, and public policy. The program builds on RIT’s strengths as a technological university, enabling students to interact with faculty members and researchers who are working on scientific developments and technological innovations that drive new public policy considerations.

The program is interdisciplinary and draws significantly from disciplines and courses of study in RIT’s colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science. The program is geared toward producing graduates who will make significant contributions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

All students take a set of policy core courses that emphasize analysis, problem solving, and interdisciplinary approaches. Students work with an adviser to choose electives that focus their policy studies in a particular area, such as environmental policy, climate change policy, healthcare policy, STEM education policy, telecommunications policy, or energy policy. Typical students include those with science or engineering backgrounds seeking to broaden their career opportunities in government or business settings, as well as those with liberal arts undergraduate degrees (e.g., economics) interested in science, technology, and policy issues. Full-time students can typically finish the program in one to two years. The program prides itself on working one-on-one with students to ensure that their educational needs and academic goals are attained.

Plan of study

The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and consists of five required core courses, three elective courses, and the completion of a thesis or comprehensive exam. The thesis option allows students to work with a faculty adviser on an independent research project in their area of interest.

- Electives

Students choose three elective courses based on their interests and career goals. Courses may be offered in various colleges throughout the university, including the colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Engineering, and Science. Course selection is completed jointly with a faculty adviser and typically aims to develop a specialized area of interest for the student (e.g., biotechnology policy, environmental policy, energy policy, communications policy, etc.).

International Students

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required.

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Our MA in Urban and Public Affairs program trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change. Read more

Our MA in Urban and Public Affairs program trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change.

Our program combines graduate seminars in urban studies, politics, sociology, and public policy with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, policy analysis, advocacy and implementation. Graduates are uniquely equipped to formulate policy and initiatives for more equitable and vibrant urban areas, inspired through thoughtful engagement with the theory and practice of social justice.

Internship - gain hands-on experience in the field and build a network of professional contacts

Career Opportunities - supported by academic and field mentorship, and leadership development

Distinguished Faculty - comprised of both leading academics and accomplished professionals and practitioners in the field

Learning Outcomes

Student will:

  • Master foundational concepts of urban history, sociology, and politics, and demonstrate the capacity to apply these ideas in real-world settings
  • Demonstrate expertise in one or more areas of urban public policy
  • Contemplate models of social change and social justice while developing the requisite skills and knowledge to actuate change
  • Apply knowledge gained in the classroom in various and diverse community settings
  • Apply knowledge gained in the community to inform classroom learning and scholarship
  • Build networks through interactions with professionals from fields including public policy, advocacy, community organizing, and public service
  • Engage in meaningful career planning through both self reflection as well as through interactions with colleagues and professionals in the field
  • Contribute to the public discourse around contemporary urban policy issues
  • Demonstrate professional skills in writing, urban and participatory research, and policy analysis
  • Propose, design, and implement a research project that combines the conceptual and practical tools provided by the program

You can request more information by visiting our website

San Francisco Advantage

Our program is uniquely situated at the center of San Francisco Bay Area politics. The Bay Area is well known nationally for pioneering policy measures on environmental issues, gay rights, housing policy, and many other urgent social justice concerns. Students engage in the vibrant living classroom of the region, developing practical research and policy development



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This is an exciting time to pursue a public service career and the demand for motivated, knowledgeable and skilled professionals continues to grow. Read more

A Message to Prospective Students

This is an exciting time to pursue a public service career and the demand for motivated, knowledgeable and skilled professionals continues to grow. If you have a passion for public service and a desire to improve your community through professional service in the public or non-profit sector, we invite you to look more closely at what the Department of Public Administration at Binghamton University has to offer. We offer a variety of academic program options, all centered around our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program which is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

The focus of the MPA program at Binghamton University is to prepare people to handle the growing challenges facing local governments and nonprofit organizations in communities near and far. The department brings together the energy and expertise of faculty and staff who have active research agendas, strong records of community service and growing national and international reputations. Our diverse student body includes recent graduates of some of the top undergraduate institutions in the United States, representatives from a variety of other countries, as well as practicing public administrators with many years of professional experience.

The MPA

The MPA Program is a 42 credit hour program, comprised of:
- a core of seven courses (25 credits) where students are introduced to the knowledge and skills they need for professional public service
- a three-course (9 credits) specialization or set of electives
- two courses (3 credits) to practice application of learning
- a culminating experience consisting of two courses (5 credits) to demonstrate competencies.

It typically takes full-time students 2 years to complete our MPA Program.

COURSES

Core Courses
1. PAFF 510 - Research Design & Methods (4 credits)
2. PAFF 521 - Foundations of Public Service (4 credits)
3. PAFF 520 - 21st Century Governance (4 credits)
4. PAFF 527 - Budgeting & Financial Management (4 credits)
5. Evidence-Based Decision Making (4 credits): Students can fulfill this requirement with one of several courses including Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Survey Research, and Performance Analysis.
6. Managing People in Organizations (3 credits): Students can fulfill this requirement with one of several courses including Human Resource Management, Organization Theory, Organization Behavior, and Managing Networks.
7. PAFF 526 - Managing Information and Technology (2 credits)

SPECIALIZATION OR ELECTIVES
(3 courses = 9 credits)

Three specializations are available within the Department of Public Administration:
Nonprofit Management & Leadership
Local Government Management & Leadership
Sustainable Communities

The Department also has relations with the School of Nursing for students interested in Health Policy Administration, and with the Department of Geography for students interested in Environmental Policy. Dual degree students complete specialization/elective courses in the discipline of their other degree. Additionally, students are offered the opportunity to choose elective courses suited to their specialized academic interests from various other graduate academic departments.

APPLICATION OF LEARNING
PAFF 594 - Internship (2 credits)
PAFF 591 - Problem Definition (1 credit)
CULMINATING EXPERIENCES/DEMONSTRATION OF COMPETENCIES
PAFF 595 - Capstone Project (3 credits)
PAFF 590 - Praxis through Cases (2 credits)

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee

- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended

- Two letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

- The GRE is not required.
If GRE scores are submitted, the admissions committee evaluates them by averaging the applicant's quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing scores.

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

The department

The health care industry is the fastest growing sector of the economy, with projected growth of 22 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the industry expands and evolves, there is increasing demand for skilled health care and public administration professionals to manage business operations and ensure high-quality care.

The Department of Health Care and Public Administration offers undergraduates and graduate degree programs that prepare you for in-demand leadership positions in hospitals and nursing homes, county, city, town, village government offices, school districts, and federal and state agencies.

Instructed by dedicated faculty, our programs stress leadership, problem-solving skills, ethical concerns, legal regulations, and cutting-edge information technology and computer-based management systems. Our M.P.A. in Public Administration is the only program on Long Island accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The master’s and dual-degree programs offer advanced training in many essential functions in the management of health care and public service operations, including budgeting and finance, regulatory and legal compliance, policy, and human resources administration.

M.P.A. in Public Administration

The M.P.A. in Public Administration prepares you for a wide range of managerial and leadership positions in local, state and national government, the law, and non-profit organizations. For administrators already employed in public service, this 42-credit program provides opportunities to improve your administrative skills, pursue a specific area of interest and prepare for increasing levels of responsibility and management.

The required foundation courses include “Principles of Public Administration,” “Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector,” “Computer-based Management Systems” and “The Policy Process in Health Care and Public Administration.”

In the Advanced Core Curriculum you will explore various aspects of public sector administration, including “Human Resource Administration,” “Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance,” and “Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment.” Nine credits of electives and a thesis complete this comprehensive course of study.

The M.P.A. degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

A specialization in Nonprofit Management is available.

The M.P.A. program at LIU Post prepares students for service in executive and managerial-level positions public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Our graduates are currently serving in the hospitals and health care practices; local and national nonprofits; and local, state, and federal government positions.

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The MPH program is the result of a longstanding collaboration between the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH) and the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). Read more

The MPH program is the result of a longstanding collaboration between the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH) and the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). The degree is conferred by the Rutgers School of Public Health. Individuals wishing admission to the MPH program must apply to the Department of Urban Health Administration in the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH).

Students in this program take classes at both Newark-based schools. Candidates for the MPH degree complete 45 credits of coursework, which includes 21 credits taken in the School of Public Health (the MPH core), 12 specialization credits, 9 of which are taken at SPAA (specialization requirements in the SPH Department of Urban Health Administration), and 12 elective credits as approved by the student’s advisor.

The MPH program prepares students for leadership in the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of organizations and programs that address the public health needs of urban and disadvantaged populations. Students in this program receive a solid foundation in public health, and also learn best practices in public administration, gaining knowledge about the creation and maintenance of effective, efficient, responsive, and ethical public health organizations and programs.

Curriculum

Candidates for the MPH degree complete 45 credits of coursework, which includes 21 credits taken in the School of Public Health (the MPH core), 12 specialization credits, 9 of which are taken at SPAA (specialization requirements in the SPH Department of Urban Health Administration), and 12 elective credits as approved by the student’s advisor.

MPH Core Courses (15 credits/5 classes)

  • PHCO 0501: Health Systems and Policy (3 credits)
  • PHCO 0502: Principles and Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PHCO 0503: Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • PHCO 0504: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • PHCO 0505: Health Education and Behavioral Science in Public Health (3 credits)

Urban Health Administration Core Courses (12 credits)

  • URHA 1682 (20:834:582): Health Care Management, or
  • HPAA (20:834:570): Theory and Practice of Non-Profit Management (3 credits)
  • URHA 1543 (20:834:543): Public Financial Management, or
  • HPAA (20:834:571): Non-Profit Budgeting, or
  • HPAA (20:834:542): Public Budgeting Systems (3 credits)
  • URHA 1563 (20:834:562): Applied Research Design (3 credits)
  • QNME 0584: Computing II: Epi Info (1 credit)
  • QNME 0587: Introduction to SAS Data in Public Health (2 credits)

Urban Health Administration Elective Course (12 credits)

Students take elective courses in public health and public administration as approved by their advisor.

Fieldwork (6 credits)

  • FDWC 0600: Fieldwork I (1 credit)
  • FDWC 0601-0606: Fieldwork II (5 credits)


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Students in our. Public and Urban Policy. master's program ask questions that challenge conventional policy definitions to rethink critical urban issues. Read more

Students in our Public and Urban Policy master's program ask questions that challenge conventional policy definitions to rethink critical urban issues.

Partner with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations to design creative solutions to real-world urban policy issues. Work within a community of scholar-practitioners to put theory into practice in the intensive Urban Policy Lab, and challenge the status quo to create initiatives that drive real innovation in social and urban policy.

Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

Program Highlights

  • Work on policy or management issues for government officials and nonprofit executives in applied, client-centered courses.
  • Join conversations around pressing issues including democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, social equity, sustainability, migration, and globalization.
  • Use New York City as your local laboratory to explore the challenges faced by cities across the country and around the world.
  • Work in teams to tackle two major projects with public-sector and nonprofit clients as early as your second semester—in the Urban Policy Lab. 


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Address urgent global issues, find just solutions for all communities. The New School is at the forefront of addressing global environmental issues, thanks to Milano's Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program. Read more

Address urgent global issues, find just solutions for all communities.

The New School is at the forefront of addressing global environmental issues, thanks to Milano's Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program. This program is designed to turn students' passion for environmental change and sustainability into careers with impact. Our students benefit from small, customized classes, a rigorous program of critical theory and practice, and close attention from a faculty engaged in research, scholarship, and cutting-edge professional practice. Our practice-based learning places students front and center alongside organizations working on the most pressing environmental issues of our time, from climate change and environmental justice to food systems and sustainable development.

Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management students also have access to the Tishman Environment and Design Center, a university-wide institute committed to bringing an interdisciplinary and environmental justice approach to contemporary environmental challenges. The Tishman Center's Student Scholars program provides a competitive grant that funds student-designed research and projects related to climate change, environmental, or sustainability issues. Students in the program also benefit from an array of courses and programs throughout the university, including the International Field Program, graduate courses across a variety of disciplines like economics and media studies, sustainable design at Parsons, and other Milano courses in management and policy.

Positive Real-World Impact

While studying in New York City — a global hub for major environmental and sustainability organizations — our students tackle real-world challenges at government institutions, corporations, small, innovative start-ups, companies, and nonprofits throughout the city. The EPSM program culminates in a capstone project in which students bring their knowledge and critical perspectives to a real-world challenge. For a sample of recent capstone projects, visit the Milano School blog.

Program Flexibility and Customization

Students customize their course of study in consultation with a program advisor, focusing broadly on either environmental policy or sustainability management. The program also offers further areas of specialization, including the option for students to create their own specialization by taking elective courses from across the university. The program is flexible and convenient for working professionals as well as recent college graduates. Students can study full-time and complete the program in two years, or study part-time for three to five years. There are numerous external scholarships available to graduate students with an environmental focus.

Career Paths and Professional Development

The EPSM faculty works closely with each student to provide mentorship and guidance as they explore their professional development goals. Faculty with extensive professional experience help students learn about environmental and sustainability careers and provide connections to networks of peers and professional organizations that can lead to future opportunities. The Milano School also has specialized career services staff that advise students and graduates as they search for internships, fellowships, and employment opportunities.

Students will be prepared to work in a variety of sectors, including government, nonprofits, advocacy and social change organizations, policy and research institutes, as well as and corporate and other private sector firms. EPSM graduates hold such positions as Director of Environment and Sustainability at Information Technology Industry Council, Sustainability Project Manager for the City of Orlando, Chief Sustainability Officer for the town of North Hempstead, NY; Green Business Support Specialist at the Center for Eco Technology; and Project Manager at the Sustainable Development Solutions Center. Others have started their own businesses or consulting firms, or have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees. See where some of our alumni are working. These alumni stay connected through a robust online Alumni Network group and the program hosts an annual on-campus Alumni and Student Mixer to strengthen the connections our students have with professionals pursuing their passion in the environmental field.

Internship

Internships enable students to acquire firsthand knowledge and skills that complement their degree. Full-time students who enter the program without related work experience and those planning a career change are required to complete a noncredit professional internship (400–900 hours).



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Develop workable solutions for the common good while working toward an exciting career in public management. Navigate the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Read more
Develop workable solutions for the common good while working toward an exciting career in public management.

Navigate the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Translate theory into practice and begin implementing policy that supports your community.

Our MPA program prioritizes hands-on experience that prepares you to address the public interest through the collection and analysis of evidence essential for implementing public service strategies.

A flexible class schedule helps working professionals balance their busy lives, while small class sizes promote one-on-one attention and deeper relationship building.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

- Typical program length is 21 months with 38 credits
- Classes offered on Saturday
- Preferred but not required - two years of professional work experience, including internships
- Wide range of scholarship and financial aid options. View our Tuition, Scholarship & Financial Aid page.
- Classes begin each fall at USF’s Downtown San Francisco campus. Also offered in a 100% online format.
- Accredited by NASPAA, the foremost membership organization of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, public affairs, and public & nonprofit management in the US and around the world.
- Ranked among the Best Public Affairs Programs by the U.S. News & World Report.

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As the world's cities continue to grow, USF's dual JD/MA in Urban and Public Affairs Program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be an effective lawyer and leader in 21st century urban and public policy challenges. Read more
As the world's cities continue to grow, USF's dual JD/MA in Urban and Public Affairs Program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be an effective lawyer and leader in 21st century urban and public policy challenges.

With a Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs from the USF College of Arts and Sciences and a Juris Doctor from the USF School of Law, graduates are uniquely prepared to be effective and ethical leaders in urban and public policy and community organizing. This four-year program is designed to prepare law school graduates with the knowledge and hands-on experience of applied urban research and community engagement and organizing. A comprehensive background in urban history, political dynamics, and sociology is combined with tools for community-based research, policy design, policy analysis, and implementation.

The dual degree program leverages the advantages of USF’s location in one of the most dynamic urban environments in the United States. It provides students with the opportunity to build their legal and research careers through immersion experiences in San Francisco and other Bay Area cities.

The dual degree program provides a cost and time savings of more than a year. Students may begin their course of study in either program.

Curriculum

To receive the JD/MUPA dual degrees, students must earn at least 84 law units (including 42 units in required core law courses) plus 36 MUPA units. MUPA units equal 9 units in required MUPA core courses plus 15 units in elective MUPA courses (including 3 units of law externship or legal clinic and 3 units of law upper level research and writing) plus 12 units from approved law school electives).

Please see the website for further details:

https://www.usfca.edu/law/jd/mupa

San Francisco Advantage

Our program is uniquely situated at the center of San Francisco Bay Area politics. The Bay Area is well known nationally for pioneering policy measures on environmental issues, gay rights, housing policy, and many other urgent social justice concerns. Students engage in the vibrant living classroom of the region, developing practical research and policy development skills.

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The Department of Public Policy and Administration offers the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.). The M.P.A. is a professional degree with areas of concentration in general public administration, human resource management, and nonprofit administration. Read more
The Department of Public Policy and Administration offers the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.). The M.P.A. is a professional degree with areas of concentration in general public administration, human resource management, and nonprofit administration. In addition, graduate certificates, which can be coupled with the M.P.A., are offered in healthcare administration, sport management and athletics, and urban and regional planning.

The degree is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to enhance the field of public service through positions both inside and outside government in the nonprofit and even private sector, e.g., as consultants to governmental organizations or as governmental service providers. The M.P.A. curriculum provides students with a foundation in the practice of public administration. Beyond that, students earning the degree will possess a high level of competency in administrative processes for the public and nonprofit sectors.

The curriculum is designed for individuals with professional work experience who want to enhance their administrative and public management skills, as well as pre-service students who do not have professional experience. Students who lack work experience will incorporate a relevant internship or other job experiences into their programs.

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The. University of Maryland School of Public Policy. will offer a for-credit international graduate course on understanding and synthesizing evidence-based research in Summer 2018. Read more

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy will offer a for-credit international graduate course on understanding and synthesizing evidence-based research in Summer 2018. (This course will also be offered in Summer 2019.)

Classes will be held in Paris, France from June 4-15, 2018, with some assignments being due before and after the two weeks in Paris.

With the assistance of the Economics Department at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this study abroad course is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying public policy, public administration, and related subjects such as education, governance, international development, political science, public health, social welfare, sociology, and urban planning.

Faculty

  • Douglas J. Besharov, University of Maryland, College Park (Program Director);
  • Douglas M. Call, University of Maryland, College Park;
  • Neil Gilbert, University of California, Berkeley;
  • David Myers, President and CEO, American Institutes for Research;
  • Anu Rangarajan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International Research Division, Mathematica Policy Research;
  • Stefano Scarpetta, Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD.

Course Summary

This course is designed to help students understand and synthesize policy-oriented, evidence-based research in a real-world setting. The course will cover project planning; conducting the literature review (such as the development and implementation of the search strategy and the use of EndNote Web to manage references); interpreting evidence (and evaluating causal claims); synthesizing the available research; drawing conclusions (based on the research and theory); and communicating those conclusions to policy makers, advocates, and the public.

Students will prepare either a structured literature review, research synthesis, or policy analysis for the OECD or a similar agency or organization located in or near Paris. The students will work with their clients while in Paris, but they will plan their projects with their clients beforehand and complete their project after leaving Paris.

The research topics will be initially identified by the client and the UMD faculty, with the final details to be worked out between the client and the student. Possible policy areas include aging and pensions, child welfare, criminal justice, education, employment and the labor market, families and children, health, housing, migration, social welfare, and, perhaps, the environment.

Prior to arriving in Paris, students will be matched to clients and will work with them to create an initial project description, which will include a delineation of the policy question to be addressed and the scope of research to be conducted. While in Paris, besides attending classes, students will prepare and present project plans to their clients (and others) and make site visits to international organizations that conduct similar policy-oriented research. After leaving Paris, students will complete their projects, interacting with their clients as needed. Final projects will be due about two months after leaving Paris.

A preliminary syllabus will be available on the course web page.

(Classes will be in English.)

Course Schedule and Facilities

Prior to their arrival in Paris, students will be matched to clients and there will be a preliminary online meeting to discuss the course syllabus. In Paris, the course will meet daily (tentatively 9:30-13:00) Monday–Friday for two weeks from June 4 through June 15, 2018 on the campus of the Economics Department at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, which is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter. As mentioned above, final projects will be due about two months after students leave Paris.



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The MPA + MS Nursing Dual-Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Read more
The MPA + MS Nursing Dual-Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions often find themselves struggling with their new responsibilities related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management. The dual-degree program is targeted specifically to students in the Community Health Nursing program who have selected the Nurse Administrator role.

By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.

Successful completion of the dual-degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science (MS) in Nursing.

The MPA-MS Nursing Dual Degree Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) housed in the College of Community and Public Affairs and Master of Science in Nursing (MS Nursing) housed in the Decker School of Nursing offer a dual MPA-MS Nursing degree program to provide students at Binghamton University with a unique opportunity. By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, the MPA-MS Nursing dual degree program allows students to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study, without compromising the professional standards of either program. The 42-credit hour MPA program and the 48-credit hour MS Nursing program can be completed as part of a 68-credit hour program (rather than 90 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure).
The MPA-MS Nursing Dual Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions often find themselves struggling with their new responsibilities related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management. The dual-degree program takes advantage of the complementary foci of the two degree programs. Both programs have a clear commitment to preparing students to help their communities through advanced professional knowledge and skills. Accordingly, the dual degree emphasizes community health and professional management to prepare nurses to be effective administrators. The dual degree is targeted specifically to students in the Community Health Nursing program who have selected the Nurse Administrator role.
Students must apply and be admitted to both the MPA program and the MS Nursing program. These are separate applications and each requires an application fee to the Graduate School. Students who begin one program and then apply to the other program later will need to meet with the appropriate advisors for both programs to develop a customized program of study; completion within three years may not be possible for students who do not begin the programs in the same semester.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores. GMAT scores may be submitted in lieu of GRE scores.

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Applicants must also meet the following program-specific requirements:

MPA:
- Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

MS Nursing:
- Undergraduate degree in nursing from a program which is accredited by a nursing accreditation organization
- Previous (successful completion of a) course in descriptive statistics
- A license to practice as a registered professional nurse
- Passing completion of the NCLEX examination (must be completed prior to the start of clinical courses)
- One year of full-time employment as a registered nurse is strongly encouraged (Candidates without one year of previous full-time employment may wish to consider enrolling in a part-time program while they acquire the needed work experience)

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