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ANZSOG
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LSE Government
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Maryland SPP
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Moncton DAP
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Northwestern SPS
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Ottawa SPS
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Queen's SPS
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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
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Columbia SIPA
Toronto Munk
NYU Wagner MPA with Int Spec'n
Rutgers (Bloustein)

 

PA and IA Degrees from THE’s Top Fifty
How the world’s highest ranked universities deliver Master’s degrees in public affairs and/or international affairs

This page examines how the 50 universities that score highest on the 2015 World Reputation Rankings produced by Times Higher Education (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2015/reputation-ranking) organize themselves to provide, or not provide, Master’s programs in public affairs and international affairs. The data in Table 1 draw on the data in the MPP/MPA Program pages and the Curriculum Comparison Tables. Some of the highlights are: 

·         Of the 39 English speaking universities in THE’s Top Fifty, 30 offer Master’s degrees in public affairs (that is, all but MIT, Caltech, Yale, Imperial College, Illinois-Urbana, McGill, and 3 University of California campuses) and most of these offer Master’s degrees in international affairs.

·         With the exception of Princeton, universities that established their public affairs programs before the mid-1990s deliver them through a School that can hire and promote faculty.

·         Most universities that established their public affairs programs before the mid-1990s also offer professional international affairs degrees that are delivered (with the exception of Berkeley, Chicago, Johns Hopkins and Washington) through the same School.

·         Universities that established their public affairs programs after the mid-1990s deliver them either through the political science department or through a School employing what might be called an Umbrella Model (designated UM in Table 1) whereby the School designs, oversees, and typically houses the public affairs program using faculty with academic appointments in other units.

·         Four universities (LSE, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Melbourne) have recently moved to extend the Umbrella Model to encompass research on public policy matters from across the university.

·         With the exception of the relatively small programs at Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania, Northwestern and Georgia Tech, the flagship public affairs degrees offered by North American universities on the Top Fifty list have a curriculum where more than 60% of the courses taken by the typical student are policy-oriented (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types) with more that 20% having a high math-economics content, and (with the exception of New York and Wisconsin-Madison) have a graduation requirement of at least 15.8 semester-course equivalents.

·         These flagship programs have annual intakes of 50 or more students and, with the exception of Toronto, offer 50 or more different courses.

·         With the exception of LSE and Tokyo, universities outside North America offer public affairs programs with lower graduation requirements (12 semester-course equivalents being common in the UK) and lower math-economics content. Melbourne and Singapore offer degrees with course requirements equivalent to those in the flagship North American programs but with lower math-economics content.

·         Annual fees vary widely with most private universities in the $40,000 to $50,000 range and most public universities in the $15,000 to $25,000 range for domestic students. LSE, Oxford and Cambridge have fees in the range charged by American private universities, as do many public universities for students outside of the state or country. The median annual fee for the 31 universities on the list is $30,929.

 

Table 1: The 31 Universities from the 2015 Times Higher Education Top 50 Reputation Index that Offer Master’s Degrees in Public Affairs in English 

Rank

University

Pub
or
Priv

PA
Degrees

Annual
Fees

Public Affairs School

Res-
earch
Cens

Grad
Deg
Since

Grads
per
Year

No.
of
C’rses

C’rses
to
Grad

Math-
Econ

Pol-
Ori-
ented

IA
Degrees

IA School

North America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Harvard

Priv

MPP,
MPA

$49,732

Harvard
Kennedy School

15

1936

250

221

18.0

27.7%

63.7%

MPA/ID,
MPP-IGA

SAME

5

Stanford

Priv

MPP

$44,184

NO SCHOOL
Grad Prog in Pub Pol

0

2007

?

46

17.3

25.1%

69.8%

MA-IPS

No
(IPS)

6

UC-Berkeley

Pub

MPP

$24,314

Goldman School of
Public Policy

3

1969

90

58

18.0

25.7%

63.4%

MA-IAS

No
(
IAS)

7

Princeton

Priv

MPA,
MPP

$45,350

Wilson Sch of Pub
and Int Affairs
(UM)

19

1930

70

84

18.0

28.1%

80.8%

MPA-IR,
MPA-ID

SAME

10

Columbia

Priv

MPA

$54,049

School of Int
and Public Affairs

5

1946

195

205

18.0

22.9%

75.1%

MIA

SAME

11

Chicago

Priv

MPP

$48,362

Harris School of
Public Policy

9

1988

160

265

15.8

25.7%

71.4%

MA-IR

No
(
CIR)

13

UC-Los Angeles

Pub

MPP

$22,950

Luskin School of
Public Affairs

9

1994

78

90

17.4

22.7%

73.4%

MPP-GPA

SAME

16

Toronto

Pub

MPP

$13,438

School of Public Policy
and Governance
(UM)

1

2007

80

30

18.0

21.4%

70.3%

MGA

Munk
School

18

Johns Hopkins*

Priv

MPP

$48,960

Bloomberg School of
Public Health

14

1992

?

25

18.0

 

 

MA,
MIPP

Nitze
(SAIS
)

19

Michigan

Pub

MPP, MPA

$11,373

Ford School of
Public Policy

9

1914

110

70

16.0

32.2%

69.7%

MPP
Spec

SAME

20

Cornell

Priv

MPA

$32,000

Cornell Institute for
Public Affairs

0

1946

120

295

16.0

48.6%

72.4%

MPA-IDS

SAME

21

New York

Priv

MPA

$42,664

Wagner Grad School
of Public Service

8

1938

180

134

15.0

34.5%

68.6%

MPA-IPM

SAME

23

Pennsylvania

Priv

MPA

$36,620

Fels Institute of
Government

0

1937

35

52

12.0

19.4%

52.0%

No

No

28

Carnegie Mellon

Priv

MSMPP,
MPM

$45,051

Heinz College – School
of Public Pol and Mgt

12

1968

113

115

15.8

22.3%

63.9%

No

No

33

Washington*

Pub

MPA

$20,328

Evans School of Pub
Pol and Governance

10

1962

195

70+

16.o

25+%

 

MAIS,
MAAIS

Jackson
School

34

Duke

Priv

MPP

$44,997

Sanford School of
Public Policy

24

19xx

60

102

19.0

18.4%

69.2%

MPP-Sp
MIDP

SAME

37

British Columbia

Pub

MPPGA

$17,845

NO SCHOOL
Interdisciplinary Prog

0

2015

N/A

39

15.0

23.1%

64.4%

(MPPGA)

No

38

Wisconsin-Madison

Pub

MPA

$11,864

La Follette School of
Public Affairs

5

1967

44

46

14.0

20.3%

67.9%

MIPA

SAME

46

Texas-Austin

Pub

MPAff

$21,368

Johnson School of
Public Affairs

5

1970

105

125

16.0

22.7%

79.1%

MGPS

SAME

47

Northwestern

Priv

MPA

$40,547

NO SCHOOL
(Sch of Prof Studies)

0

?

?

26

10.0

24.4%

59.6%

No

No

49

Georgia Tech*

Pub

MSPP

$15,644

School of
Public Policy

3

?

20

15

15.3

<20%

 

MSIA

Nunn
School

Outside North America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Cambridge

Pub

MPP

$41,001

Dept of Politics and
Int Studies
(UM)

6

2013

23

13

12.0

33.3%

53.3%

MIRP

SAME

3

Oxford

Pub

MPP

$52,980

Blavatnik School of
Government
(UM)

5

2010

120

23

13.0

10.3%

62.2%

MPhil IR

DPIR

12

Tokyo

Pub

MPP/IP

$4,394

Graduate School of
Public Policy
(UM)

5

2004

110

85

18.0

50.1%

87.3%

No

N/A

17

UC London

Pub

MScPP,
MPA

$16,901

School of Public Policy
(Dept of Political Sci)

2

2005

200

83

12.0

26.3%

58.9%

MScIPP,
MScEPP

SAME

22

LSE

Pub

MPA

$35,382

Institute of
Public Affairs
(UM)

3

2011

100

162

16.0

33.0%

70.4%

MScIR,
MScGP

DIR

24

Singapore

Pub

MPP,
MPA

$9,348

Lee Kwan Yew School
of Public Policy

4

2004

140

115

16.0

13.1%

63.5%

No

N/A

29

Edinburgh

Pub

MPP

$30,929

The Academy of
Government
(UM)

6

2011

?

35

12.0

18.1%

73.8%

MIA

SAME

31

Kings College

Pub

MAPP

$16,014

NO SCHOOL
Dept of Political Econ

5

2001

?

16

12.0

29.2%

62.7%

MAIPE,
MAEPP

DE&IS

42

Melbourne

Pub

MPPM, MPA

$25,006

Melbourne School of
Government
(UM)

4

2013

300

52

16.0

2.3%

39.8%

MIR
MDS

SAME

50

Manchester*

Pub

MA-G&PP

$10,205

NO SCHOOL
Dept of Politics

0

?

?

16

12.0

<10%

 

MA-IP,
MA-IPE

SAME


Notes to the Table

Column Notes

·         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.


University Notes

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.

 

  

 

Table 2: The 19 Universities from the 2015 Times Higher Education Top 50 Reputation Index that Do Not Offer Master’s Degrees in Public Affairs in English

English Speaking

Non-English Speaking


Rank


University

Pub
or
Priv


Rank


University

Pub
or
Priv

4

MIT

Priv

15

ETH Zurich

Pub

8

Yale

Priv

25

Lomonosov

Pub

9

Caltech

Priv

26

Tsinghua Beijing

Pub

14

Imperial College

Pub

27

Kyoto

Pub

30

Illinois Urbana

Pub

32

Peking University

Pub

36

McGill

Pub

35

Ludwig Maximilian

Pub

39

UC-San Francisco

Pub

38

Heidelberg

Pub

42

UC-San Diego

Pub

41

Humboldt

Pub

44

UC-Davis

Pub

45

Karolinska

Pub

 

 

 

48

EC Lausanne

Pub

 

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