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What is the curriculum for the MS in Public Policy program?

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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
Introduction to Public Policy
Public Economics and Finance
Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
Communication Skills for the Policy Analyst
Financial Management
1 topic elective
Public Management
Program Analysis and Evaluation
2 Methods Electives (1.5 credits each)
2 Topic Electives
The Practice of Work (internship)
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).
The program consists of a total of 42 credits.



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