The MA program in Public Affairs & Policy serves the needs of students who are employed in public or private sector organizations in which the principles and practices of public policy formation, implementation, and evaluation, as well as the political dynamics that shape domestic or international policies, are relevant. The program also serves the needs of students who have recently completed an undergraduate program and wish to enhance their academic experience or further their educational objectives.  

The Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy requires 33 semester hours of approved graduate coursework from the following courses.  

Foundation Courses 19
THE AMERICAN POLITY
THE PUBLIC POLICY PROCESS
PROGRAM EVALUATION AND METHODS
Political Science Electives21
Select 18 semester-hours from the following:
FEDERALISM & INTERGOV RELATION
REGIONAL STUDIES
LAW, COURTS & PUBLIC POLICY
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DECISON-MAKING FORGN & SEC PLY
AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
NATIONAL SECURITY STRGY & PLY
ISSUES IN SECURITY POLICY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SC
PUBLIC MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONS
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 Hours33
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 departments.  

International Security Policy (ISP) Certificate

The International Security Policy (ISP) Certificate program provides students who are working, seeking to work, or interested in the field of International Security Policy with a shorter graduate program experience.  The ISP Certificate program focuses on the political forces in the international environment that contribute to how policymakers define their national interests and form policies to strengthen their national security.  Students complete the program with an enhanced understanding of the dynamics of U.S. national security policymaking, including the political actors and institutions that make such policies. 

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.  

The ISP Certificate is awarded upon the completion of 12-15 semester-hours of graduate coursework from the following courses:  

Required Courses:
PSC 540REGIONAL STUDIES3
PSC 562DECISON-MAKING FORGN & SEC PLY3
PSC 566NATIONAL SECURITY STRGY & PLY (Electives (Choose one):)3
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

Courses completed in the ISP Certificate Program may also be applied to the MA program in Public Affairs and Policy.