Policy Programs

The School for Graduate Studies’ policy degree options provide graduate students the opportunity to develop skills in policymaking, implementation and analysis and help to build a greater understanding of the connections among federal, state, local and organizational policies and processes. Submit an admissions application during our Application Review period.

Master of Arts Community and Economic Development (online)

The M.A. in Community and Economic Development integrates the development of social capital and community capacity with the economic development of the community. The program incorporates the public policy process, theoretical development concepts, as well as approaches that real communities use to produce positive economic outcomes and improvement in the quality of life.

Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy (online with residencies)

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

Master of Arts in Work and Labor Policy (online with residencies)

The M. A. in Work and Labor Policy focuses on current problems and policies caused by changes in the global economy, technology, the work force and the workplace. It is designed for unionists, human resource professionals, arbitrators, educators, activists, lawyers and individuals involved in government or private industry.


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