Notes to the Table
· Rank: Rank in the Times Higher Education 2015 World Reputation Rankings. The US News PA rank in the University Notes for US universities refer to the latest (2012) US News ranking for Public Affairs Schools.
· Universities: The entry is linked to the MPP/MPA Program page on the Atlas. Those marked by an asterisk do not yet have program pages on the Alas.
· Pub or Priv: Public or private university.
· PA Degree: The main public affairs Master’s degrees, listed in order of enrolment, linked to the School’s web page for that degree.
· Annual Fee: Tuition plus fees, usually including medical insurance, for domestic students, in US dollars at 18 May 2015 exchange rates. The fee entries are linked to the university web page, where further details, including differences for domestic and international students, can be found.
· Public Affairs School: The academic unit responsible for delivering the public affairs program, with link to the unit’s web page. Schools marked (UM), use the Umbrella Model whereby the School designs, oversees, and typically houses the public affairs program using faculty with academic appointments in other units.
· Research Cens: The number of research centres (or, in some cases, research themes) described on the School’s research or centres webpage, with link to that page.
· Grad Deg Since: Date of establishment of a Master’s program in public affairs, although not necessarily with the current degree name (more detail in University Notes below).
· Grads per Year: Our estimate of number of graduates per year, usually from the first-listed degree (more detail in University Notes below).
· No. of C’rses: The number of courses offered in the program as calculated on the Atlas MPP/MPA Program pages, with link to the School courses page.
· C’rses to Grad: The graduation requirement for the first-listed degree, in terms of the number of one-semester equivalent courses as described in Credit and Course Equivalencies.
· Math-Econ: The percentage of course work taken by a typical student with mathematics and/or economics intensive content, as described in MPP/MPA Curricular Types.
· Pol-Oriented: The percentage of course work taken by a typical student in subjects designated as policy-oriented (as opposed to management-oriented) as described in MPP/MPA Curricular Types.
· IA Degrees: Master’s degrees with international affairs subject matter. Some of these degrees, particularly those in UK universities, are less practice-oriented than the degrees providing “professional education in international affairs” by members of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).
· IA School: The academic unit responsible for delivering international affairs degrees. SAME indicates that the same academic unit delivers the university’s public affairs and international affairs degrees.
1. Harvard: US News PA rank: 3. MPP has 2 international affairs specializations: International and Global Affairs; International Trade and Finance; the MPA/International Development is a distinct degree.
2. Stanford: US News PA rank: Not ranked. The Stanford MPP is only available to “current Stanford seniors and graduate students, recent Stanford alumni, and external applicants seeking a joint degree.” Stanford’s international affairs graduate study is offered through the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies.
3. UC-Berkeley: US News PA rank: 7. The MA-IAS degree is offered through the International and Area Studies Academic Program.
4. Princeton: US News PA rank: 5. Princeton is unusual among the long-established public affairs programs in having retained the principal distinguishing feature of the Umbrella Model, namely: “Eighty-five full-time faculty members teach at the School, almost all of whom have dual appointments with other departments.” (At http://wws.princeton.edu/about-wws/our-advantages#sthash.bJSGqYtQ.dpuf-model, accessed 21 May 2015.) The MPA is the flagship degree; the MPP is a one-year program for mid-career professionals with enrolment of about 20.
5. Columbia: US News PA rank: 29.
6. Chicago: US News PA rank: 23. The international relations degrees are overseen by the Committee on International Relations (CIR). The Harris School offers a two-year AM/MA-CIR combined program with the CIR.
7. UC-Los Angeles: US News PA rank: 23. The Luskin School offers a Global Public Affairs certificate for some of its degrees.
8. Toronto: Exchange rate of 0.83 US$ per C$. The School of Public Policy and Governance does not have a Research or Centres page on its website. There is a link to the Mowat Centre, “an independent public policy think tank located at the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto and Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy.” The Master of Global Affairs degree is delivered by the Munk School of Global Affairs.
9. Johns Hopkins: US News PA rank: 42. Fees numbers include tuition only. The date is the year the original version of the MPP was created by the Institute for Policy Studies, which in 2012 became the Institute of Health and Social Policy as part of the Department of Health Policy and Management within the Bloomberg School. The number of research centres refers to this department. The 6 Master’s degrees in international affairs are offered by Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
10. Michigan: US News PA rank: 12. Fees are tuition only. 1914 was the date of “America’s first Master’s degree in public administration.” Michigan introduced “the nation’s first public policy degree program” in 1968 (at http://fordschool.umich.edu/facts). Graduates per year refers to the total of MPP and MPA. The Ford School is a full member of APSIA and its MPP description notes that students “have tremendous flexibility in choosing from advanced classes in … international trade…national security… and more.” Michigan has no graduate program explicitly named international affairs, international relations or the like. The Ford Q&A response to “Do you have an international affairs program?” is “The Ford School offers students training in both domestic and international policy. Students with interests in international policy receive training in quantitative analysis, economic policy, program evaluation, and management. They also have a wealth of electives from which to choose—both inside and outside the Ford School—that will enhance their knowledge of international policy. There is an active international policy student group and a core group of faculty members whose work focuses on international policy.” (At http://fordschool.umich.edu/mpp-mpa/admissions/faqs, accessed 20 May 2015.)
11. Cornell: US News PA rank: 37. The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs is an academic unit focused on delivering the MPA program. Its website does not reference any research. The Cornell Centers & Institutes page lists more than 100 interdisciplinary research organizations, several of which address subjects often associated with public policy schools. There is an MPA specialization in International Development Studies. Cornell has no other graduate program explicitly named international affairs, international relations or the like.
12. New York: USN PA rank: 6. The estimate of annual graduates for the MPA in Public Policy and Management is based on the assumption that they constitute about half of the total Master’s graduates of 359 implied from http://wagner.nyu.edu/careers/stats. The MPA specialization in International Policy and Management includes a track in International Public Finance.
13. Pennsylvania: US News PA rank: 42. The Fels School does not list any research centres or initiatives. The Centers & Institutes for the University includes some policy-relevant centres, including the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which describes itself as “the premier communication policy centre in the country since its founding in 1994.” The University of Pennsylvania does not list any graduate degrees in international affairs or international relations.
14. Carnegie Mellon: USN PA rank: 9. Graduating numbers are for the MSPPM. The MPM has graduated more than 1,500 since its initiation in 1982 or roughly 50 per year. Carnegie Mellon does not have a graduate program in international affairs or international relations.
15. Washington: US News PA rank: 9. Effective 1 July 2015 the Evans School name changes from Public Affairs to Public Policy and Governance. The international affairs degree is offered by Jackson School of International Studies
16. Duke: US News PA rank: 16. The MPP has 3 international affairs specializations: Development Policy, Global Policy, and National Security. The MIDP has a one-year and two-year option.
17. British Columbia: The program has been jointly developed on behalf of two faculties and three institutes within the University of British Columbia. It will enrol its first students in September 2015. No research centres are listed on the program website, although several listed on the University site have a public policy orientation. There are no other graduate programs in international affairs or international relations.
18. Wisconsin-Madison: US News PA rank: 59.
19. Texas-Austin: US News PA rank: 16.
20. Northwestern: US News PA rank: 59. The MPA degree is delivered by the School of Professional Studies, the continuing education arm of Northwestern University. Its website has no research page.
21. Georgia Tech: US News PA rank: 53. The Master’s of Science in International Affairs degree is offered by the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.
22. Cambridge: Cambridge refers to the degree both as MPP and as MPhil in Public Policy. The recently created (2009) Department of Politics and International Affairs (POLIS) offers two Master’s degrees: MPhil in Public Policy and MPhil in International Relations and Politics. POLIS is a key unit in the recently announced Cambridge Public Policy SRI (Strategic Research Initiative), one of 12 funded by the university central administration to ”create a shared cross-School vision and development plan for building research capacity and partnerships over the medium to long term.” The enrolment number is for the initial year of the program.
23. Oxford: The Blavatnik School lists research themes (not centres) on its Research website. An MPhil in International Relations is delivered by the Department of Politics and International Relations.
24. Tokyo: The Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) is co-established by the Graduate School of Law and Politics and the Graduate School of Economics. English proficiency is required of all students, and some of the courses are delivered in English. All the courses for the MPP/IP are delivered in English. The enrolment number is the total for all programs.
25. UC London: The School of Public Policy is the brand name for the Department of Political Science − the link for UCL Political Science under the Department listing for the UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences points to the Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy website. The UCL MScPP differs from the Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge MPPs and the LSE MPA (but resembles the degrees from Kings College and Manchester) in requiring a dissertation worth one third of the degree credits. The two research centres are the Global Governance Institute and the Constitution Unit. The graduates per year number (200) is an order of magnitude estimate of the number of MScPP and MPA students based on “This September we expect to welcome some 400 or so masters students from around the world” (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/news/tavistock_times/SPPnewsletter_Sept_2014.pdf, accessed 21 May 2015).
26. LSE: The IPA is the most recently created (2011) of LSE’s 24 academic units. “The faculty of the Institute of Public Affairs is truly inter-disciplinary and drawn from across the LSE. They plan and deliver the Institute's outstanding MPA and EMPA degree programmes, and other teaching initiatives such as Policy in Practice seminars and the Capstone programme.” (At http://www.lse.ac.uk/IPA/people/IPAFaculty.aspx, accessed 21 May 2015.) The IPA MPA appears to be the only UK public affairs degree with a course structure that resembles North American programs and requires two years for completion. The Department of International Relations (like IPA, one of the university's 24 academic units) offers three taught Masters degrees: MSc in IR; MSc in Int Political Economy; MSc in IR Theory. These have a similar structure to most UK taught Master’s programs with a dissertation requirement worth one third of the degree credits.
27. Singapore: The graduation numbers are approximately 70 for MPP, 50 for MPA and 20 for MPM. The university does not offer a degree in international affairs.
28. Edinburgh: The number under Research Centres is for research themes rather than centres. The MIA degree appears to be in a process of transition since the website says (21 May 2015) that no applications are being accepted for 2015-16.
29. Kings College London: The Kings College MAPP differs from the Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge MPPs and the LSE MPA (but resembles the degrees from UC London and Manchester) in requiring a dissertation worth one third of the degree credits. The number under Research Centres refers to research groups rather than research centres. King’s College has departments of War Studies and Defence Studies as well European and International Studies. The latter offers degrees in International Political Economy and in European Public Policy.
30. Melbourne: Although the MPPM "is the premier degree of its kind in Australia and has been established for over 30 years" the School of Government is new, having been created in 2013. The number of graduates is an order of magnitude estimate of the total for all Master’s programs based on the statement on page 27 in the First Term in Office report that “In 2013, Melbourne School of Government Masters degree students undertook internships in 228 different organizations.” Page 28 of the report states that the total number of students in Semester 1, 2014 was 758.
31. Manchester: The Department of Politics offers an MA - Governance and Public Policy as well as an MA - International Relations and an MA - International Political Economy. These degrees follow the standard UK taught Master’s model of two terms of coursework followed by a term for a dissertation. The website for the Department of Politics does not have a specific site for research but refers to that for the School of Social Sciences of which it is a part.