Policy Analysis Track
Policy analysis is the production of policy-relevant information and advice for use by decision makers to better inform their choices of government activities. Policy analysis is a professional activity associated with public administration because administrators must be able to both produce and consume information intelligently when making decisions about an agency’s course of action. Policy analysts work in a variety of organization settings, such as federal, state, local agencies and legislatures, consulting firms, interest group associations, nonprofit organizations, research institutes, and so on. The Policy Analysis track in the MPA program aims to prepare students to enter the workforce by providing them with a set of tools and skills they will need to engage in policy related research and analysis. The track is structured so that, in addition to the MPA core, track students will take three required courses specifically to develop analytic skills. Policy track students will also take three electives related to a particular substantive policy area, so as to allow them to develop specialized expertise on issues in that area.
Each student must declare an area of emphasis within public policy analysis by the end of the second semester in the program. Areas of emphasis include environmental policy, economic policy, and healthcare policy. Students can develop alternative areas of emphasis with the permission of the track coordinator and MPA program director.
Policy Analysis Track Requirements
Three approved courses from a substantive or methodological area.
Examples: economics, healthcare, environmental, GIS or statistics.