Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy

formerly know as Social Policy

The Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy is designed for practitioners, managers and administrators in public and private, for-profit and nonprofit sectors who want to learn more about how to make either governmental or organizational policies more effective.

In this program, you build skills in policymaking, implementation and analysis and develop a greater understanding of the connections among federal, state, local and organizational policies and policy processes.

Program Design

The Master's of Arts in Social and Public Policy is a 36-credit program that includes 12 3-credit courses. There are four core courses, four electives and four research-related courses that conclude with a final project.

Required Courses

  • Policy Process
  • Social Policy Perspectives
  • Policy Implementation/Evaluation
  • Ethical Issues in Social Policy
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • Quantitative Methods


Electives reflect individual interests and reinforce the focus of the degree. They can be independent studies or residency based.

Final Project

The project focuses on a topic of your interest that draws upon your prior course work and allows for a meaningful contribution to your field of study and/or practice. This project may take several forms, including a thesis, a practicum, a case study or a paper series.

More Information 

Program Chair: Margaret Tally, Ph.D.,

Enrollment Sequence

Apply for Admission 

Admission to the M.A. in social and public policy program is selective. This program begins new students in the fall and spring terms only.

To apply, review the admissions requirements and submit an online application.