Master of Arts in Social and Public 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. Beginning in Spring 2020, we will offer a concentration in Public Administration. This concentration will provide students with a structured set of courses more specifically designed to meet the education needs of those interested in pursuing employment or advancement in the state and local government sector.

Students who choose a general concentration, may also incorporate an advanced certificate into their degree program and earn a second credential.

Program Design

Social and Public Policy is a 36-credit master’s degree program that includes 12 3-credit courses. There are four core courses, four elective/concentration courses, and four research-related courses that conclude with a final project.

Required Courses

  • Policy Process
  • Social Policy Perspectives
  • Policy Implementation
  • Ethical Issues in Social Policy
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Final Project Design
  • Final Project

Concentrations and Final Project

Students choose one of two concentrations.

General Concentration *Public Administration Concentration
Elective 3cr PPOL-6085 Public Administration 3cr
Elective 3cr PPOL-6170 Public Finance 3cr
Elective 3cr PPOL-6180 State and Local Government 3cr or NYS and Local Govt 3cr
Elective 3cr PPOL-6175 Public Sector Decision Making 3cr

*Electives reflect individual interests and reinforce the focus of the degree. Many students choose to incorporate one of the advanced certificates into their master’s degree as their concentration area.

The final 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. The student has the option of doing either a professional project or an academic thesis.



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