The Master of Arts in Public Affairs (public policy) requires 36 semester hours of approved graduate work from the following courses.  Select a minimum of 12 semester hours at the 600-level.

Foundation Courses 112
THE AMERICAN POLITY
THE PUBLIC POLICY PROCESS
PUBLIC MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONS
PROGRAM EVALUATION AND METHODS
Political Science Electives21
Select 21 semester-hours from the following:
FEDERALISM & INTERGOV RELATION
REGIONAL STUDIES
LAW, COURTS & PUBLIC POLICY
DECISON-MAKING FORGN & SEC PLY
AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
NATIONAL SECURITY STRGY & PLY
ISSUES IN SECURITY POLICY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SC
PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINIS
BUDGETARY PROCESS
SPEC TOPICS IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS
PUBL VALUES/PUBL POLICY
INTERNSHIP IN GOVERNMENT
DIRECTED READINGS & RESEARCH
MASTER'S THESIS
Capstone Course 23
CAPSTONE
Other Options 3
Total Semester Hours36
1

Although these courses are required, they are not strictly prerequisites for other courses in the program.  However, it is advised that students complete them as early in their program as practical.

2

The Capstone course is required and should be taken during the last year of the program.

3

Students may take or transfer a maximum of nine hours of coursework from outside of the department, including from other universities.  Students must consult with the department chair to determine the appropriate coursework from other disciplines.  

 
The International Security Policy (ISP) Certificate Program provides students with a shorter graduate program experience.  The ISP certificate is awarded upon the completion of 12-15 semester hours of graduate courses from the following schedule:
 

Prerequisites for the Certificate:

  • If a student does not have at least three courses in Political Science as an undergraduate (including American Government), prior to taking the required coursework he or she must take PSC 600.
Required Courses
PSC 540REGIONAL STUDIES3
PSC 562DECISON-MAKING FORGN & SEC PLY3
PSC 566NATIONAL SECURITY STRGY & PLY3
or PSC 564 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
Electives (Choose one):
PSC 564AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY3
PSC 566NATIONAL SECURITY STRGY & PLY3
PSC 570ISSUES IN SECURITY POLICY3
PSC 601THE PUBLIC POLICY PROCESS3