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Master’s Degrees in Public Policy

Public policy is the academic study of government action in response to challenges in a manner consistent with law and customs. Scholars have defined it as a system of “courses of action, regulatory measures, laws, and funding priorities concerning a given topic promulgated by a governmental entity or its representatives”. Public policy also involves the decision-making process and analysis that goes into creating a plan to govern. With the United States facing numerous domestic and international challenges, public policy experts will be called upon to make policy decisions that effectively and respectfully promote the continued growth and security of the United States.

Master’s programs in public policy are normally two years in length and provide students a dynamic course of study of the public sector and public service. The curriculum is usually based on three topic areas, including analysis, management, and leadership. Courses teach students how to formulate the right questions, analyze complex problems, and formulate solutions to promote effective public management. Students gain necessary skills in both analysis and public speaking, vital to a successful career in public policy. Prerequisites for these programs include the GRE exam, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an interview. Courses might include Statistics, US History, and Public Speaking.

Master’s Degree Programs in Public Policy