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MPP and MPA Programs

Michigan State University, Department of Political Science (PS)

Program Comparison Highlights

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Program Summary

Website: http://polisci.msu.edu/index.php/mpp-program/welcome  

University: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, Michigan

Degree: Masters of Public Policy (MPP)

Marketing Approach: "The goal of the MPP is to provide high-quality graduate-level instruction in quantitative analysis, program development, policy implementation, public finance, and policy evaluation. The MPP program is designed for students who want to pursue professional careers in policy analysis, program management, and policy advocacy within the public, private, or non-profit sectors. The program teaches students to address complex societal problems, reconcile conflicting political and ethical values in policymaking, make informed decisions about program activities, and provide effective leadership in policy development and implementation. So, if you are committed to public service and interested in working on policy issues at the local, state, or national level, the Master of Public Policy Program at Michigan State University is for you!" (At http://polisci.msu.edu/index.php/mpp-program/welcome, accessed 19 May 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The Master of Public Policy Program at Michigan State is jointly administered by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science

Posted Tuition: Tuition and fees for 2013-14 for the University (no program-specific information provided) for in-state freshmen was $21,764 per two-semester year and $49,798 for international students (at http://admissions.msu.edu/finances/tuition.asp).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The Master of Public Policy Program at Michigan State is jointly administered by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics.  Since the 1970s MSU has been committed to training well-rounded professionals for policy-related careers.  In the earlier years the program focused on public administration, but with the growing faculty expertise and excellence in policy analysis and policy processes, in 2007 the program was successfully revamped to focus on public policy. 

MPP Degree Requirements

Summary: The MPP requires 39 semester credits, including 27 credits in core courses, 6 credit hours in PPL 891- Issues in Public Policy, and 9 credit hours of policy-relevant electives. In addition to 39 semester credits, students who in the judgment of the Director of the MPP program have not had sufficient public or non-profit experience will be required to complete a field experience practicum of 3 credits (PPL 894).         

Duration: 1-2 years

Academic Prerequisites: GRE is requested, but no threshold is listed

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses required for Completion: 14 (including the Field Experience Practicum)

Number of required Courses: 10 (including Field Experience Practicum)

Number of elective courses typically taken: 4

Number of electives offered within program: 1 (remaining electives taken from other faculties)  

Comprehensive examination: No

Thesis required: No

Internship required: Yes, if candidate has not had sufficient public or non-profit experience.

International study required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 courses is found at: http://www.reg.msu.edu/Courses/Search.aspx. In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R). .

Course Material OnlineMany syllabi are available at http://polisci.msu.edu/index.php/mpp-program/schedule-of-courses (accessed 29 May 2014).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Michigan State Course Map is displayed below. Given the lack of detail, the 2-course equivalent of PPL 891 - Issues in Public Policy has been displayed under "Other Policy Areas" on the Course Map but it has been allocated for the purposes of the PEACO scores in the same way as the 3 courses for "policy-relevant electives" as follows: one course each to International Development; Social Policy and Welfare; Health; Cities, Urban and Regional Development; and Environment. 

 

Mich State

MPP

I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree

14

b. Number of required courses

9

c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)

5

d. Number of elective courses offered

6

e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)

0.83

II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills

48.8%

  - Strategy and Structure

14.3%

  - Economic Analysis

7.1%

 

  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences

20.2%

  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice

7.1%

Institutions and Context

7.1%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

7.1%

  - Ethics and Accountability

0.0%

  - Social, Political, Global and Local Contexts

0.0%

Management Functions

7.1%

  - Public Financial Management

0.0%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

7.1%

  - Other Management Functions

0.0%

Policy Sectors

36.9%

  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy

7.1%

  - International Development

6.0%

  - Health

6.0%

  - Other Policy Sectors

17.9%

                              Total

100%

III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

1.30

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

1.66

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

4.89

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

0.88

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.20

Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies

8.93

IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

0.65

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

0.83

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

1.71

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

0.49

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.15

Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed

0.89

Source: At http://polisci.msu.edu/index.php/mpp-program/program-curriculum and http://polisci.msu.edu/index.php/mpp-program/welcome (accessed 19 May 2014).

Page Created By: Kyle Richardson on 19 May 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 17 June 2014 and by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. 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.

Michigan State Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PPL 807: Public Policy (R)
  PPL 890: Policy Workshop (R)

 Economic Analysis

  PPL 805: Microeconomic Theory (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  PPL 801: Quantitative Techniques I (R)
  PPL 802: Quantitative Techniques II (R)
  PPL 803: Quantitative Methods III

 Analytic Methods

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  PPL 894: Field Experience Practicum (R)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PPL 808: Policy Development and Administration (R)

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PPL 806: Policy Evaluation (R)

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  PPL 813: Public Finance (R)

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

 Health

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

  PPL 891: Issues in Public Policy (2R)

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