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MPP/MPA Curricular Types
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Professional Program Features
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Comparisons with International Affairs Programs
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PEACO Algorithm
PUBLIC AFFAIRS (MPP/MPA) PROGRAMS
Albany Rockefeller
American SPA
ANU Crawford
ANZSOG
Arizona State SPA
Beijing Normal
Berkeley Goldman
Bocconi Milan
Brunei IPS
Calgary SPP
Cambridge POLIS
Canberra SGP
Carleton SPPA
Carnegie Heinz
Chicago Harris
Colorado SPA
Columbia SIPA
Concordia DPS
Cornell CIPA
Dalhousie SPA
Duke Sanford
Edinburgh AoG
ÉNAP Québec
Exeter Politics
FGV Brazil
Florida Askew
GW Trachtenberg
Georgetown
Georgia SPIA
Glasgow SSPS
Griffith GBS
GRIPS Tokyo
Harvard Kennedy
Hertie Berlin
Hong Kong DPPA
Illinois Chicago
Indiana SPEA
Jindal Delhi
Kansas SPAA
King's SSPP
Laval
LSE Inst Pub Aff
LSE Government
Macquarie PIR
Man-Winnipeg
Maryland SPP
MBRSG Dubai
McMaster-Guelph
Melbourne MSG
Michigan Ford
Michigan State PS
Minnesota
Moncton DAP
NC State SPIA
New Mexico SPA
New South Wales
NYU Wagner
North Carolina
Northwestern SPS
Ohio Glenn
Oregon PPPM
Ottawa GSPIA
Ottawa SPS
Oxford BSG
Pennsylvania Fels
Pittsburgh GSPIA
Princeton Wilson
Queen Mary SPIR
Queen's SPS
RANEPA Moscow
Rutgers SPAA
Ryerson DPPA
Sac State PPA
Sask-Regina JSGS
SciencesPo Paris
SF State DPA
Simon Fraser SPP
Singapore LKY
Stanford GPPP
Sydney GIR
Sydney GSG
Syracuse Maxwell
Tenn State CPSUA
Texas Johnson
Tokyo GraSPP
Toronto SPPG
UBC MPPGA
UCLA Luskin
UC London SPP
USC Price
Victoria SPA
Wisconsin
Vic Wellington
Virginia Batten
Warwick PAIS
Waterloo MPS
Washington Evans
Western LGP
York Glendon
York SPPA
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS PROGRAMS
Carleton Paterson
Columbia SIPA
Toronto Munk
NYU Wagner MPA with Int Spec'n
Rutgers (Bloustein)

 

Comparisons with International Affairs Programs
How MPP and MPA curricula overlap with and differ from professional Master's programs in International Affairs
 

How does professional Master’s-level training in international affairs compare with professional Master’s-level training in public affairs? If a university were to offer Master’s-level professional training in both public affairs and international affairs, design choices include: a) same or different schools; b) shared or different core courses; c) same or different degrees; and d) possibility of joint degrees. Examples of the possible variations are set out in Exhibit 1, drawn primarily from members of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

Note: As of March 2015, APSIA has 34 Member Schools and 35 Affiliate Member Schools, which meet “some but not all of the following full membership requirements: be an educational program of high academic quality; demonstrate a substantial commitment to the study of international affairs; possess a basic commitment to graduate professional training; and have significant autonomy within a major university, e.g., as one would expect to find with a Law School or graduate Business School.”

Some APSIA schools offer both international affairs degrees and public affairs degrees. For example, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs offers a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Public Affairs. Other APSIA schools are in universities that offer public affairs programs through another school. Another variation is to blend features of both public affairs and international affairs in the same degree, typically with “international” or “global” in the name. Two examples from non-APSIA schools are the Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs degree offered by the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Master of Public and International Affairs offered by York University's Glendon School of Public and International Affairs.

Exhibit 1: Design variations for offering Master’s-level professional training in public affairs and international affairs

 

Public Affairs Degree

International Affairs Degree

Single (either/or) degrees

 

 

Same school, shared core courses, same degree with different specializations

Harvard Kennedy MPP (PED concentration)
NYU Wagner MPA (Policy specialization)
LSE IPA MPA (Public Policy and Management)

Harvard Kennedy MPP (MGA concentration)
NYU Wagner MPA (International specialization)
LSE IPA MPA (International Development)

Same school, shared core courses, different degrees

Columbia SIPA MPA
Pittsburgh GSPIA MPA

Columbia SIPA MIA
Pittsburgh GSPIA MPIA and MID

Same school, different core courses, different degrees

Texas LBJ MPAff

Texas LBJ MGPS

Different schools, different core courses, different degrees

Carleton SPPA MAPA
Toronto SPPG MPP

Carleton Paterson MAIA
Toronto Munk MGA

Joint, concurrent, or combined degrees

 

Same school, combined degrees

Harvard Kennedy MPA/ID

Same school, blended degree

Ottawa MAPIA
York MPIAA

Different schools, joint degrees

 

 

Programs can be compared on the basis of groupings of subjects studied by the typical student, using the PEACO Algorithm to take account of required and elective courses. Exhibit 2 provides data on the Graduation Requirement, and on five different subject groupings:

Math-Econ (Mathematics-Economics) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student in the following four subjects: Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Macroeconomic Policy; and Financial Markets.
Pol-Or (Policy-Oriented) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student are in the following 24 subjects: Policy and Management Analysis (50-50); Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Analytic Methods; Professional Practice (50-50); Socioeconomic and Political Context; Intergovernmental and Global Context; Evaluation and Performance Measurement; and the 16 subjects of the Policy Sectors domain.
Mgt-Or (Management-Oriented) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student are in the following 12 subjects: Policy and Management Analysis (50-50); Leadership Skills; Communication Skills; Professional Practice (50-50); Democratic Institutions and Policy Process; Ethics, Rights and Accountability; Public Financial Management; Human Resource Management; Information and Technology Management; Program and Service Delivery; Regulatory Policy and Management; and Nonprofit Management and Advocacy.
Arch PA (Archetypal Public Affairs) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student in the following four subjects: Policy and Management Analysis; Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Democratic Institutions and Policy Process.
Arch IA (Archetypal International Affairs) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student in the following three subjects: Intergovernmental and Global Context; International Development; Defence, Security and Foreign Relations.

Exhibit 2: Course Distributions of Professional Master’s Programs in Public Affairs and International Affairs

 

 

 

 

Degree

Course Distribution for Typical Student

Requirement
(Courses)

Math-Econ
Subjects

Pol-Or
Subjects

Mgt-Or
Subjects

Arch PA
Subjects

Arch IA
Subjects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PA and IA Degrees from Same School

Columbia SIPA MPA

18.0

22.9%

75.1%

24.9%

29.1%

23.0%

Columbia SIPA MIA

18.0

22.4%

78.1%

21.9%

21.1%

28.2%

Duke Sanford MPP

19.0

18.4%

69.2%

30.8%

33.9%

14.5%

Duke Sanford MIDP

Harvard Kennedy MPA

16.0

17.1%

63.3%

36.7%

33.4%

13.5%

Harvard Kennedy MPP

18.0

29.1%

65.3%

34.7%

44.4%

10.1%

Harvard Kennedy MPA/ID

Hertie MPP

20.0

21.0%

62.5%

37.5%

45.8%

12.7%

Hertie MIA

LSE IPA MPA – Public Policy and Management

16.0

33.0%

70.4%

29.6%

62.4%

9.5%

LSE IPA MPA – International Development

16.0

31.3%

77.1%

22.9%

53.3%

33.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland SPA MPM

12.0

28.0%

64.0%

36.0%

27.4%

16.1%

Maryland SPP MPP

16.0

22.5%

67.5%

32.5%

21.7%

20.1%

Maryland SPP MPP with Int Dev Specialization

Michigan Ford MPA

10.0

36.3%

79.0%

21.0%

42.4%

10.2%

Michigan Ford MPP

16.0

32.2%

69.7%

30.3%

44.7%

8.1%

Michigan Ford MPP with International Specialization

NYU Wagner MPA – Policy Specialization

15.0

34.5%

68.6%

31.4%

45.4%

3.6%

NYU Wagner MPA – International Specialization

15.0

22.1%

73.1%

26.9%

24.8%

24.0%

Pittsburgh GSPIA MPA

18.0

22.4%

62.6%

37.4%

51.7%

13.1%

Pittsburgh GSPIA MPIA

18.0

28.0%

81.8%

18.2%

46.5%

40.5%

Pittsburgh GSPIA MID

18.0

28.0%

81.8%

18.2%

46.5%

40.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princeton Wilson MPA

18.0

28.1%

80.8%

19.2%

34.0%

19.7%

Princeton Wilson MPA with IR or DS Specialization

Syracuse Maxwell MPA

13.0

24.5%

60.8%

39.2%

40.8%

11.7%

Syracuse Maxwell MAIR

Syracuse Maxwell Joint MA/IR

Sydney GIR MPP

16.0

0.0%

72.5%

27.5%

18.8%

50.6%

Sidney GIR MIR

Sidney GIR MIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas LBJ MPAff

16.0

22.7%

79.1%

20.9%

36.5%

12.5%

Texas LBJ MGPS

16.3

22.5%

79.6%

20.4%

30.3%

29.3%

PA and IA Degrees from Different Schools

Carleton SPPA MAPA

15.0

23.3%

73.1%

26.9%

38.8%

7.6%

Carleton Paterson MAIA

11.0

9.0%

74.3%

25.7%

12.8%

48.7%

Toronto SPPG MPP

18.0

22.5%

62.0%

38.0%

38.0%

12.0%

Toronto Munk MGA

18.0

15.9%

76.8%

23.2%

27.7%

28.0%

SciencesPo SPA MPP

18.0

19.8%

71.6%

28.4%

29.6%

16.0%

SciencesPo PSIA MIA

Stanford GPP MPP

17.3

25.1%

69.8%

30.2%

30.5%

5.9%

Stanford Ford Dorsey IPS MA

Blended PA/IA Degrees

Ottawa GSPIA MAPIA

15.0

21.5%

83.4%

16.6%

40.9%

28.0%

RANEPA MGPP

18.0

24.2%

75.8%

24.2%

38.9%

19.4%

York Glendon MPIA

15.0

13.3%

67.7%

32.3%

36.2%

22.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terms Used

Degree Requirement (Courses): Number of credit-bearing one-semester course equivalents (including dissertation and workshops) required to graduate.

Math-Econ (Mathematics-Economics) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student in the following four subjects: Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Macroeconomic Policy; and Financial Markets.

Pol-Or (Policy-Oriented) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student are in the following 24 subjects: Policy and Management Analysis (50-50); Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Analytic Methods; Professional Practice (50-50); Socioeconomic and Political Context; Intergovernmental and Global Context; Evaluation and Performance Measurement; and the 16 subjects of the Policy Sectors domain.

Mgt-Or (Management-Oriented) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student are in the following 12 subjects: Policy and Management Analysis (50-50); Leadership Skills; Communication Skills; Professional Practice (50-50); Democratic Institutions and Policy Process; Ethics, Rights and Accountability; Public Financial Management; Human Resource Management; Information and Technology Management; Program and Service Delivery; Regulatory Policy and Management; and Nonprofit Management and Advocacy.

Arch PA (Archetypal Public Affairs) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student in the following four subjects: Policy and Management Analysis; Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Democratic Institutions and Policy Process.

Arch IA (Archetypal International Affairs) Subjects: Percentage of total courses taken by the typical student in the following three subjects: Intergovernmental and Global Context; International Development; Defence, Security and Foreign Relations.

These tables can be used to answer the question of whether public affairs and international affairs programs that are housed in the same school are more similar to each other than those offered within the same university but by different schools. We have done the PEACO comparison for four pairs of programs (indicated in blue in Exhibit 2): Columbia University’s MPA and MIA delivered by the School of International and Public Affairs; New York University’s MPA with Policy Specialization and MPA with International Specialization delivered by the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; the University of Toronto’s MPP and MGA delivered by two different schools: the School of Public Policy and Governance and the Munk School of Global Affairs; and Carleton University’s MAPA and MAIA delivered by two different schools: The School of Public Policy and Administration and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. The data in Exhibit 2 suggest that some of the PA-IA differences in subjects studied can be just as large substantial when the programs are delivered within the same school as they are when they are delivered by different schools within the same university. Columbia is an example of relatively small differences between the PA and the IA degree. For example, the typical Columbia MIA student has the same course requirement and takes almost the same 22-23% proportion of courses in subjects with high mathematics-economics content and roughly the same 27-30% proportion of courses in management-oriented subjects as the typical student taking the Columbia MPA, while taking about 8% fewer courses in archetypal public affairs subjects and 5% more in archetypal international affairs subjects. At NYU Wagner the differences between the courses taken by the typical student in the Policy Specialization and those taking the typical student in the International Specialization are greater: 35% vs. 22% in courses with high mathematics-economics content; 35% vs. 26% in management-oriented subjects; and 24% vs. 4% in archetypal international affairs courses. By comparison, the typical student in the Toronto MGA takes about 7% fewer courses in subjects with a high mathematics and economic content than the typical Toronto MPP student and 10% fewer in archetypal public affairs subjects. The typical student in the Carleton MAPI has a lower course requirement (11 vs. 15) and takes a lower proportion of courses with heavy mathematics and economics content (9% vs. 23%) than the typical student in the Carleton MAPA. The Carleton MAIA has a dramatically higher proportion of archetypal international affairs courses than the Carleton MAPA.

Exhibit 3 locates programs on the MPP/MPA Curricular Types grid.

Exhibit 3: Classification of Selected International Affairs and Public Affairs Programs by MPP/MPA Curricular Type



Subject-matter
Emphasis


High Course Requirement (16 to 20)


Medium Course Requirement (13 to 15)


Low Course Requirement (8 to 12)

Higher Math/Economics
Content (>20% courses)

Lower Math/Economics
Content (<20% courses)

Higher Math/Economics
Content (>20% courses)

Lower Math/Economics
Content (<20% courses)

Higher Math/Economics
Content (>20% courses)

Lower Math/Economics
Content (<20% courses)







Policy-
Oriented

(typical student takes >60% of courses in
Policy-Oriented subjects)

Columbia-
Princeton

Pittsburgh MPIA

Pittsburgh MID

Princeton MPA
Texas LBJ MGPS

Texas LBJ MPAff
RANEPA MGPP
Columbia SIPA MIA
LSE IPA MPA-ID
Columbia SIPA MPA

LSE IPA MPA-ID

Harvard-
Toronto

Michigan MPP
Maryland MPP
Harvard MPP

Pittsburgh MPA
Hertie MPP
Toronto SPPG MPP










Carnegie-
Duke
Toronto Munk MGA

Sydney GIR MPP
SciencesPo MPP









Syracuse-
Carleton

Ottawa MAPIA
GW MPP
Carleton SPPA MAPA
NYU Wagner MPA-Int
NYU Wagner MPA-Pol



Syracuse MPA







Oxford-
Oregon

York MPIAA












Tokyo-
Queen’s











Warwick-
Ryerson



Carleton Paterson MAIA





Management-
Oriented

(typical student takes >40% of courses in
Management-Oriented subjects)

Indiana-
Dalhousie




Melbourne-
Manitoba





Albany-
Georgia








Kansas-
UVic










Cambridge-
Calgary






Pennsylvania-
ANZSOG











Terms Used

Course Requirement: Credit-bearing one-semester course equivalents (including dissertation and workshops) required to graduate.

Policy-Oriented: 60% or more of total courses taken by the typical student are in the following 24 subjects: Policy and Management Analysis (50-50); Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Analytic Methods; Professional Practice (50-50); Socioeconomic and Political Context; Intergovernmental and Global Context; Evaluation and Performance Measurement; and the 16 subjects of the Policy Sectors domain.

Management-Oriented: More than 40% of total courses taken by the typical student are in the following 12 subjects: Policy and Management Analysis (50-50); Leadership Skills; Communication Skills; Professional Practice (50-50); Democratic Institutions and Policy Process; Ethics, Rights and Accountability; Public Financial Management; Human Resource Management; Information and Technology Management; Program and Service Delivery; Regulatory Policy and Management; and Nonprofit Management and Advocacy.

Higher Math/Economics Content: 20% or more of total courses taken by the typical student are in the following four subjects: Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Macroeconomic Policy; and Financial Markets.

Lower Math/Economics Content: Less than 20% of total courses taken by the typical student are in the following four subjects: Economic Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Macroeconomic Policy; and Financial Markets.

NOTE: Programs are listed in order of their subject-matter emphasis: Within each of the groupings portrayed above, programs where the typical student takes a higher percentage of courses in Policy-Oriented subjects are listed above those where the typical student takes a lower percentage.

 

 

Page Created By: Ian Clark, last updated 24 June 2015.

 

 ASPIA Schools on the Atlas that offer both MPP/MPA and International Affairs Degrees

  Columbia SIPA - Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, MIA
  Duke Sanford - Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, MIDP
  Harvard Kennedy - Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, MPA/ID [Online Syllabi]
  Hertie Berlin - Hertie School of Governance, MIA
  Maryland SPP - University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, MPP with International Development Policy specialization [Online Syllabi]
  Michigan Ford - University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Minnesota Humphrey - University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, MD
  NYU Wagner - New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, MPA with International Policy and Management specialization [Online Syllabi]
  NC State SPIA - North Carolina State University, School of Public and International Affairs, MIS [Online Syllabi]
  Pittsburgh GSPIA - University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, MPA, MPIA, MID
  Princeton WWS - Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, MPA with International Relations or Development Studies specializations
  Sidney GIR - University of Sydney, Department of Government and International Relations, MIR and MIS
  Syracuse Maxwell - Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, MAIR and Joint MPA/IR
  Texas LBJ - The University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, MGPS

 ASPIA Schools where another School in the University Offers an MPP or MPA Program listed on the Atlas

  SciencesPo Paris - Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) - several degrees
  University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs (Munk) - MGA
  Carleton University, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) - MA in International Affairs
  Stanford University, Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS) - MA

 MPP/MPA Programs on the Atlas with "International" or "Global" in their Program or Degree Name

  University of Ottawa, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) - MAPIA
  York University, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) - MPIA
  The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), School of Public Policy - MGPP
  UBC MPPGA - University of British Columbia, MPPGA (Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs)

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