Policy Analysis

(18 credit hours) The Policy Analysis concentration focuses on developing the skills to create and consume accurate and actionable research and information designed to address public policy problems.

The Policy Analysis concentration requirements emphasize the acquisition of quantitative skills that may be used to inform public policy decisions. The Policy Analysis field electives aim to provide students with additional quantitative and qualitative skills used for policy analysis, and/or to provide students with the contextual knowledge needed to analyze policies in a substantive area. The electives change frequently, and often include topics courses as well as courses in a wide variety of policy areas: health, economic development, education, social policy transportation, energy, etc. In general, this substantive knowledge component requires more than one course in the same area. Consequently, it is important that the plan include early consultation with a concentration advisor.

Students may also acquire this substantive knowledge by combining the Policy Analysis concentration with other concentrations that may require fewer tool skills. For example, dual concentrations in Policy Analysis and Sustainable Development would prepare one to do work in sustainability with a more analytical approach. Students may not use MPA core courses to fulfill concentration requirements.

Policy Analysis Skills (9 credit hours)

The following course is required:

SPEA-P 507 Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (3 cr.)

Take a minimum of two of the following three courses:

SPEA-P 539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 541 Benefit Cost Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)

Note: Should the student decide to take P 539, P 541, and P 562, the third course can be counted as one of the three policy courses required below.

Policy Field (9 credit hours)

In consultation with a concentration advisor, select three of the following courses or other graduate courses approved as equivalent substitutions:

AADM-Y 500 Cultural Districts and Local Arts Policy (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 559 Public Policy and Arts (3 cr.)
SPEA-D 573 Development Economics (3 cr.)
SPEA-D 577 International Economic Strategies and Trade Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-D 583 Conflict and Development (3 cr.)
SPEA-D 669 Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 535 International Environmental Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-E 574 Energy Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-F 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-F 609 Seminar in Public Revenue Theory and Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-F 610 Government Budget and Program Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-F 667 Seminar in Public Capital and Debt Theory (3 cr.)
SPEA-H 524 Health Industry Regulation (3 cr.)
SPEA-H 525 Health Economics (3 cr.)
SPEA-H 526 Healthcare Finance (3 cr.)
SPEA-H 549 Health Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-L 568 Management of Local Government Services (3 cr.)
SPEA-L 622 Local Economic Development (3 cr.)
SPEA-M 547 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-N 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)
SPEA-N 523 Civil Society and Public Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-N 557 Proposal Development and Grant Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 541 Benefit Cost Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 564 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Design and Implementation (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 625 Environmental Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 643 Natural Resource Management and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 645 Environmental Law (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 674 Energy, Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550 Poverty and Social Welfare Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 559 Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 640 Law, Public Management, and Public Policy (3 cr.)
SPEA-X 511/E 501 Human Behavior and Energy Consumption (3 cr.)


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