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Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: This is a two-year, full-time MPP with 14 required courses and 90 electives, reflecting a belief in strong core skills and disciplines. It offers 7 concentrations: Development Policy, Environment and Energy Policy, Health Policy, Global Policy, National Security, Population Studies, and Social Policy. The program’s core covers microeconomics, political analysis, methods, ethics, and policy analysis. An internship and a thesis are required. Among the programs yet examined, the Duke MPP's proportion of instruction in the Tools and Skills domain is in the high mid-range (59% compared with, for example, 74% at Berkeley, 52% at Harvard and Carnegie and 35% at NYU). It is in the lower mid-range in the Institutions and Context domain (13% compared with Harvard at 23%, NYU at 14%, Carnegie at 10%, and Berkeley at 7%) and in the mid-range of instruction in the Management Functions domain (at 8% it is higher than Harvard and Berkeley at 3% but much lower than Carnegie at 17%, Indiana at 20% and NYU at 20%). Its proportion of instruction in the Policy Sectors domain is in the middle range (at 20% it is higher than Berkeley at 16% while being comparable to Michigan and NYU at 19%, Indiana and Duke at 20%, Carnegie and Harvard at 22% and Oxford at 23%). See PEACO Profile Comparisons, accessed 12 December 2013.

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary

Website: http://sanford.duke.edu 

University: Duke University

Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States  

Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Degrees Awarded per Year: Target an enrolling class of 55-65 students each fall. 60 graduates in 2015 (at http://sanford.duke.edu/articles/sanford-school-celebrates-300-graduates, accessed 16 May 2015.)

Academic Unit within University: Sanford School of Public Policy

Posted Tuition: $44,997 per year (including $2,280 medical insurance), at http://sanford.duke.edu/admissions/master-public-policy/cost-attendance, accessed 18 May 2015.

Concentration/Curriculum OverviewDuke's professional, highly ranked two-year Master of Public Policy degree (MPP) attracts exceptional students from across the United States and around the world who seek the knowledge and skills they need to pursue careers that will make a difference. To help students achieve their career goals, we combine a rigorous core curriculum with a wide variety of electives and real-world projects.Students may pursue electives within the Sanford School, across campus, and at neighboring universities, including UNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University. We offer concentrations in seven major areas: Development Policy, Environment and Energy Policy, Health Policy, Global Policy, National Security, Population Studies, and Social Policy. The MPP program offers great flexibility. Students may choose to specialize in a particular policy area or to pursue a more general program. Two-year students have five electives, an internship, and a master's project through which they address specific areas of interest. Close relationships between the Sanford School program and other schools and departments across the University allow students to customize their courses of study.  In addition to the electives offered by the Sanford School, MPP students may choose from a wide array of courses offered by other schools and departments at Duke and by neighboring universities.

The MPP Program offers seven policy-area specializations, Global Policy, Social Policy, Population Studies, National Security, Health Policy, Environment and Energy Policy, and Development Policy, for which certificates are awarded upon graduation. Requirements to earn a specialization certificate include:completing 9 credits of coursework in the specified area (either one, three-credit foundations course plus six elective course credits, or, for specializations without a designated foundations course, nine approved elective course credits); completion of a summer internship related to the specialization; writing a Master’s Project on a specialization-area topic.

Degree Requirements

Summary: Students need a solid underpinning of analytic and professional skills to succeed in the world of public policy. Duke’s demanding core curriculum ensures our students hit the ground running when they graduate.

Microeconomic Analysis: (2 semesters): Key economic concepts and techniques, and the ability to apply them to real policy problems.
Political Analysis: Analytic frameworks for analyzing politics and informing strategy.
Data Analysis and Evaluation (2 semesters): Quantitative and qualitative methods for gathering and analyzing evidence.
Ethical Analysis: Systematic ways of assessing the ethical implications of public policies.
Policy Analysis (2 semesters): A workshop stressing application, working in groups, team exercises, writing, professional development, and presentation skills.
Management and Leadership (2 semesters): Practical frameworks for effective leadership in the public, private and non-profit settings.

Semester 1
Microeconomics and Public Policymaking (PUBPOL 810)
Politics of the Policy Process (PUBPOL 814)
Statistics and Data Analysis (PUBPOL 812)
Policy Analysis 1 (PUBPOL 803.01)
Ethics (PUBPOL 816), a specialization Foundation course (Globalization and Governance, PUBPOL 820, or Topics in Social Policy, PUBPOL 850), or another approved substitute

Semester 2
Microeconomics: Policy Applications (PUBPOL 811)
Quantitative Evaluation Methods (PUBPOL 813)
Policy Analysis II (PUBPOL 804)
Elective

Summer Internship (usually completed after first year)

Semester 3
Public Management (PUBPOL 815)
Ethics (PUBPOL 816, if deferred from Semester 1) or Elective
Elective
Master’s Project I (PUBPOL 807)

Semester 4
Leadership Skills Modules*
Elective
Elective
Master’s Project II (PUBPOL 808)

*Topics include negotiation, leadership, etc. Students pick two 1.5 credit (1/2 semester) courses or one three-credit (full semester) course.

Complete list of Public Policy courses offered in previous, current and future semesters. 800-level courses are graduate and professional; 500-level are graduate-level courses permitting a selected number of junior and senior undergraduates; and, 100-400-level courses are specifically designated as undergraduate courses. NOTE: For students entering the program with strong backgrounds in microeconomics or statistics, options for advanced coursework, in the first year of study, are available.

Duration: 2 years (four terms of full-time study).

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 17 plus internship

Number of Required Courses: 13 plus internship 

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 4

Number of Electives Offered within Program: The program also provides access to courses and research facilities available in many other graduate departments, centres and institutes across the University.

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: Yes

International Study Required: No but there are intership opportunites in Geneva and India

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: Sanford Journal of Public Policy (SJPP)

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: Spring Consulting Projects, see http://research.sanford.duke.edu/students/mpp_search.php for examples

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-14 Sanford School of Public Policy courses are found at http://fds.duke.edu/db/Sanford/courses.html and many have course outlines. With permission, students can also select graduate-level courses offered by other units at Duke University. The courses offered by the Sanford School of Public Policy have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the map below. Required courses are indicated by (R). Where the required course has two options, they are both designated with (R/2).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.

 

Duke

MPP

Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

19.0

Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)

20.5%

Policy-Oriented Subjects

60.0%

Management-Oriented Subjects

40.0%

Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects

70.9%

  - Policy and Management Analysis

13.4%

  - Economic Analysis

13.4%

 

  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods

13.8%

  - Leadership and Communication Skills

30.4%

Institutions and Context Subjects

13.0%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

6.8%

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability

0.4%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

5.9%

Management Function Subjects

9.2%

  - Public Financial Management

0.0%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

0.1%

  - Other Management Functions

9.1%

Policy Sector Subjects

6.8%

  - Macroeconomic Policy

0.0%

  - International Development

0.1%

  - Health

0.2%

  - Other Policy Sectors

6.6%

                              Total

100%

Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student

151

Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

  - Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)

12

  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)

18

  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)

4

  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)

9

  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)

-4

  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)

0

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)

-2

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)

-5

  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)

2

  - Global Context (CCR = 3)

3

  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)

-6

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)

-6

  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)

2

  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)

13

  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)

-6

  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)

-3

Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)

-32

Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed

111

Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)

18.0

Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)

40.6%

Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (GC, ID, DS&FR)

2.6%

Courses Required and Offered

Courses Required to Graduate

19

Required Courses

18

Elective Courses Taken by Typical Student

1

Elective Courses Listed

93

Enrolment Weight of Elective Course

0.01

Total Courses Listed

111

  

   

Source: At http://graduate.sanford.duke.edu/mpp/academics (accessed 12 November 2013).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 11 November 2013; updated by Ian Clark on 12 December 2013. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

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Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PUBPOL 803 - Policy Analysis I (R)
  PUBPOL 804 - Policy Analysis II (R)

 Economic Analysis

  PUBPOL 810.01 - Microeconomics and Public Policy-Making (R)
  PUBPOL 811.01 - Microeconomics: Policy Applications (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  PUBPOL 532S.01 - Introductory Demographic Measures and Concepts
  PUBPOL 590S.03 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Qualitative Methods
  PUBPOL 590.05 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Statistics in Real Life
  PUBPOL 590S.06 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Field Experiments Latin America
  PUBPOL 741.001 - Empirical Analysis for Economic Development
  PUBPOL 812.001 - Statistics and Data Analysis for Policy Makers (R)
  PUBPOL 890.01 - Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy - Advanced Statistics

 Analytic Methods

  PUBPOL 815.01 - Public Management I (R)

 Leadership Skills

  PUBPOL 726.01 - Innovation and Policy Entrepreneurship
  PUBPOL 830.02 - Special Topics in Leadership and Management - Negotiations (R/6)
  PUBPOL 830.03 - Special Topics in Leadership and Management - Public Policy Challanges and Changes (R/6)

 Communication Skills

  PUBPOL 590S.18 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Strategic Storytelling
  PUBPOL 675S.01 - Advanced Magazine Journalism
  PUBPOL 789.07 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - MIDP Writing/Presentation Seminar
  PUBPOL 830.04 - Special Topics in Leadership and Management - Strategic Communications (R/6)


Multiple Subjects

 Professional Practice

  PUBPOL 704.01 - Master' Project Preparation
  PUBPOL 790.05 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Master's Mini Project
  PUBPOL 807 - Master's Project I (R)
  PUBPOL 808 - Master's Project II (R)
  Summer Internship (equivalent to 2 required courses)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PUBPOL 563S.01 - Making Social Policy
  PUBPOL 590S.20 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Legal Analysis for Development Governance
  PUBPOL 814 - The Politics of the Policy Process (R)

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PUBPOL 816.01 - Ethics and Policy-Making (R/3)
  PUBPOL 830.03 - Special Topics in Leadership and Management - Practical Ethical Challenges (R/6)

 Social and Political Context

  PUBPOL 590S.08 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - The Republican Party
  PUBPOL 644S.01 - Poverty, Inequality, and Health
  PUBPOL 761.01 - Human Rights and Conflict
  PUBPOL 845S.01 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics
  PUBPOL 891.01 - Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy - Social Choice Theory
  PUBPOL 830.04 - Politics and Policy in Contemporary NC

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PUBPOL 645S.01 - Global Inequality Research Seminar
  PUBPOL 723.01 - Poverty Reduction and the International Financial Institutions
  PUBPOL 820.01 - Globalization and Governance (R/3)
  PUBPOL 590.07 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - State Policy and Politics

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 
PUBPOL 776.01 - Public Budgeting and Financial Adminstration
 
PUBPOL 830.01 - Special Topics in Leadership and Management - Finance for Non-Financial Managers (R/6)
 
PUBPOL 830.05 - Special Topics in Leadership and Management - An Introduction to Budgeting (R/6)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 
PUBPOL 596.001 - Evaluation of Public Expenditures
 
PUBPOL 604.01 - Using Data to Analyze and Evaluate Public Policy
 
PUBPOL 813.01 - Quantitative Evaluation Methods (R)

 Human Resources Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  PUBPOL 590S.01 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - American Regulatory Strategy

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PUBPOL 559S.01 - Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Not-for-Profit Management

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  PUBPOL 598.01 - Economic Growth and Development Policy
  PUBPOL 605.01 - International Trade and Policy
  PUBPOL 606.01 - Macroeconomic Policy and International Finance

 International Development

  PUBPOL 515S.01 - Assisting Development
  PUBPOL 724.01 - The Politics of International Aid in Low-Income Countries
  PUBPOL 770.01 - Public Finance in Developing and Emerging Economies
  PUBPOL 789.01 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - Strategic Management of Policy Change
  PUBPOL 789.01 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - Technology and Development Policy
  PUBPOL 789.02 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - Post Crisis Pension Reform
  PUBPOL 789.02/03 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - Leadership and Development
  PUBPOL 789.03 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - Promoting Accountability of International Agencies for Better Development
  PUBPOL 789.04 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - Global Financial Crisis & Reform
  PUBPOL 789.05 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - Impact Evaluation
  PUBPOL 789.05 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - Information and Communication Technology
  PUBPOL 789.06 - Master of International Development Policy Mini-Seminars - MIDP Writing/Presentation Seminar
  PUBPOL 790.01 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Social/Political Context of Development
  PUBPOL 790.01/04 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Capacity Development
  PUBPOL 790.02 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Sales & Value Added Tax
  PUBPOL 790.02 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Service Delivery Systems
  PUBPOL 790.03/04 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Comparative Tax Administration
  PUBPOL 790.06 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Governance & Development
  PUBPOL 790.07 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Introduction to Peace & Conflict Resolution
  PUBPOL 790.08/11 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Rotary Cornerstone Workshop
  PUBPOL 790.09 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Macroeconomics of Public Sector
  PUBPOL 790.11/12 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Development, Security & Violence
  PUBPOL 790.13 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Design & Analysis of Public Private Partnerships
  PUBPOL 790.14 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Fiscal Decent & Local Government Finance
  PUBPOL 790.15 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Indigenous People, Human Rights and Development
  PUBPOL 790.16 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Project Management for International Development
  PUBPOL 790.17 - Special Topics in International Development Policy - Managing the Project Cycle
  PUBPOL 700S - Policy Analysis of Development
  PUBPOL 721S.01 - Institutional Design for Sustainable Development
  PUBPOL 701.01 - Economic Foundations for Development
  PUBPOL 702.01 - Applied Development Economics

 Social Policy and Welfare

  PUBPOL 850.01 - Special Topics in Social Policy (R/3)
  PUBPOL 608S.01 - Economics of the Family

 Health

  PUBPOL 582.01 - Global Environmental Health: Economics and Policy
  PUBPOL 590S.01 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Heath Inequalities
  PUBPOL 590S.09 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Comparative Health Care
  PUBPOL 590S.10 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Cancer and the Genome
  PUBPOL 640S.01 - Value for Money in Health Care: Rationing in Theory and Practice
  PUBPOL 642S.01 - Designing Innovation for Global Health: From Philanthropy to People
  PUBPOL 890.03 - Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy - NC Medicaid System & the Affordable Care Act

 Education

  PUBPOL 544S.01 - Schools and Social Policy
  PUBPOL 890.02 - Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy - Economic Development Impacts on Public Schools

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

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 Arts and Culture

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 Cities and Urban Development

  PUBPOL 590S.08/17 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Urban Policy

 Environment and Sustainability

  PUBPOL 577.01 - Environmental Politics
  PUBPOL 580S.01 - Water Cooperation and Conflict
  PUBPOL 590S.15 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - State and Environmental Policy
  PUBPOL 749A.01 - Marine Policy
  PUBPOL 576.01 - Resource & Environmental Economics I
  PUBPOL 580.01 - Resource & Environmental Economics II

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  PUBPOL 590S.07 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Science Law and Policy
  PUBPOL 590S.10 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - Biology in Public Discourse
  PUBPOL 634.01 - Ethics and Policy in Genomics

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  PUBPOL 501S.01 - American Grand Strategy
  PUBPOL 504S.01 - National Security Decision Making
  PUBPOL 506.01 - Politics of United States Foreign Policy
  PUBPOL 507S.01 - Intelligence for National Security
  PUBPOL 561.01 - 9/11: Causes, Response & Strategy
  PUBPOL 583S.01 - Energy and U.S. National Security
  PUBPOL 590S.05 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - North American Security Issues
  PUBPOL 590.21 - Advanced Topics in Public Policy - U.S. Policy in Latin America
  PUBPOL 890.01 - Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy - Contemporary National Security Issues

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Financial Markets


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