The MSPP curriculum is a unique blend of policy analysis, management, quantitative methods, and communication skills. We believe that a successful career in policy analysis requires knowledge of all these areas, and an understanding of how they are interrelated.
The program begins with an intense, two-week summer “bootcamp” course called Methods, Management, and Microeconomics. In this integrated class, you’ll learn quantitative methods and management skills, and how to apply them to policy analysis.
Below is a sample curriculum: (all courses are 3 credits unless indicated otherwise)
August Pre-Term (two weeks): Methods, Microeconomics, Management Bootcamp
Fall: Introduction to Public Policy Public Economics and Finance Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis Communication Skills for the Policy Analyst Financial Management 1 topic elective
January: Public Management
Spring: Program Analysis and Evaluation 2 Methods Electives (1.5 credits each) 2 Topic Electives The Practice of Work (internship)
Summer: Applied Policy Analysis Policy Analysis Studio
Electives are selected from a pre-approved list, and can be clustered into specific policy areas (such as housing; education; health; international development; and inequality, race, and poverty).