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MPP/MPA Curricular Types
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Professional Program Features
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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)

 

MPP/MPA Programs
Comparative analysis and program summaries for 119 programs in 17 countries

This page provides links to descriptions of the methodology and results of the comparative analysis of Master's of Public Affairs (MPP, MPA and similarly titled) degrees, and to summaries of the individual programs reviewed to date.  

Program comparison highlights and program summaries

The Program Comparison Highlights section at the top of each program page (see links in the mid-section of the left navigation bar) provides (when completed) observations on how the program compares with other MPP/MPA programs on three sets of attributes:

  • Institutional structure: whether the program is provided by a dedicated academic unit (e.g., a school) with responsibility for faculty hiring and promotion; whether this unit offers graduate degrees in cognate disciplines; the nature and number of elective courses available; and whether electives are offered primarily by the dedicated unit or by other academic units within the university;
  • Curriculum design: as noted in MPP/MPA Curricular Types, the most important distinguishing features of curriculum design appear to be the number of courses required to graduate, the subject-matter emphasis, and reliance on math/economics content; and 
  • Professional program features: elements of the curriculum intended to prepare students for professional practice. These elements distinguish an MPP/MPA program from a university's non-professional Master's programs in disciplines such as economics, political science and international relations. Examples of professionalizing elements are: the use of professors of practice (current and former practitioners) in teaching; the use of specific public policy and management applications in courses; the use of case studies in courses; the use of  external projects with institutional clients as course assignments; supervised internships; professional development modules; career counselling services; co-curricular activities with a professional focus; affiliations with practice-oriented research centres; and faculty research leading to practice-orientated publications. (See Professional Program Features on left navigation bar for more detail.)

The Program Summary section provides detail on degree requirements, areas of concentration, co-curricular activities, and course offerings. The courses offered by each program are assigned to Atlas subjects and displayed on a program Course Map. The material provided in the program summaries are direct quotations or near quotations from program websites, except for Notes (where methodological assumptions are described) and the Instructional Distribution (where PEACO and competency calculations are displayed).

Analysis and methodology

In order to make quantitative comparisons of course content, two algorithms are utilized. The first (see PEACO Algorithm on the left navigation bar) addresses course subject matter and calculates the proportion of enrolment-adjusted course offerings (PEACO) associated with each subject and domain. The second (see Course to Competency Algorithm) addresses NASPAA-required competencies and calculates the number of courses in “NASPAA-required subjects” taken by a typical student. The numerical results for all the programs analyzed to date are displayed in the Curriculum Comparison Tables and the Program Rankings by Curricular Characteristics. This quantitative analysis is used to identify 12 curriculum types (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types and the table at the bottom of this page).

The left navigation bar includes links to analyses of particular features of MPP/MPA programs. The Patterns in Specialization page examines various ways in which programs deal with subject-matter specialization. The Comparisons with International Affairs Programs page examines the relationship between Public Affairs programs and International Affairs programs. The Noteworthy Practices page looks at innovative examples of how programs deal with perennial design issues such as certifying specializations, providing opportunity or international exchanges, assuring adequate math/economics preparation, involving alumni in career advising, and supporting student-run co-curricular initiatives. 

Programs selected for analysis

The MPP/MPA programs selected for analysis are listed by region below. The 44 American institutions (with 58 programs) selected represent about 15 percent of the 282 members of NASPAA. They include all the NASPAA member programs that, as far as the Atlas editors can determine, provide online access to a substantial number of course syllabi (as indicated in square brackets) plus other programs with high rankings in the US News and World Report annual survey. The Canadian programs selected are those accredited through the CAPPA Accreditation process, plus those believed by the Atlas editors to be candidates for accreditation. Those selected for the UK are degrees identified by program search of the postgraduate taught degrees in the 24-member Russell Group. Those for Australia and New Zealand are drawn from ANZSOG’s list of Member Universities. Those for Europe, Asia and South America include the oversees members of NASPAA, and a number of new programs delivering their instruction primarily in English.

 

 United States (58 programs at 44 universities)

  Albany Rockefeller - State University of New York at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  American SPA - American University, School of Public Affairs, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Arizona State SPA - Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs, MPP and MPA
  Berkeley Goldman - University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, MPP
  Carnegie Heinz - Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College, Master of Science in Public Policy and Management
  Chicago Harris - University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, MPP
  Colorado SPA - University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Columbia SIPA - Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, MPA, MIA
  Cornell CIPA - Cornell University, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, MPA
  Duke Sanford - Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, MPP
  Florida Askew - Florida State University, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  George Washington Trachtenberg - George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Georgetown - Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, MPP, MIDP, MPM
  Georgia SPIA - University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Harvard Kennedy - Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Indiana SPEA - Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Illinois Chicago - University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Public Administration, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Kansas SPAA - University of Kansas, School of Public Affairs and Administration, MPA
  Maryland SPP - University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, MPP and MPM [Online Syllabi]
  Michigan Ford - University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Michigan State PS - Michigan State University, Department of Political Science, MPP [Online Syllabi]
  Minnesota Humphrey - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, MPP
  NC State SPIA - North Carolina State University, School of Public and International Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  New Mexico SPA - University of New Mexico, School of Public Administration, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  North Carolina - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Government, MPA
  NYU Wagner - New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Northwestern SPS - Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies, MPPA (Master of Public Policy and Administration)
  Ohio Glenn - Ohio State University, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Oregon PPPM - University of Oregon, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Pennsylvania Fels - University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Pittsburgh GSPIA - University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, MPA, MPIA, MID
  Princeton Wilson - Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, MPA, MPP
  Rutgers SPAA - Rutgers University, School of Public Affairs and Administration, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Sac State PPA - California State University Sacramento, Department of Public Policy and Administration, MPPA [Online Syllabi]
  SF State DPA - San Francisco State University, Department of Public Administration, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Stanford GPPP - Stanford University, Graduate Program in Public Policy, MPP
  Syracuse Maxwell - Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, MPA
  Tenn State CPSUA - Tennessee State University, College of Public Service & Urban Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Texas Johnson - The University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, MPAff (Master of Public Affairs)
  UCLA Luskin - University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs, MPP [Online Syllabi]
  USC Price - University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy, MPA and MPP
  Washington Evans - University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, MPA
  Wisconsin La Follette - University of Wisconsin, Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Virginia Batten - University of Virginia, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, MPP

 Australia and New Zealand (13 programs at 9 universities)

  ANU Crawford - Australia National University, Crawford School of Public Policy, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]
  ANZSOG - Australia and New Zealand School of Government, EMPA
  Canberra SGP - University of Canberra, School of Government and Policy, MPA
  Griffith GBS - Griffiths University, Griffith Business School, MPA
  Macquarie University, Master of Politics and Public Policy
  Melbourne MSG - University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Government, MPA and MPPM
  Sydney GIR - University of Sydney, Department of Government and International Relations, MPP
  Sydney GSG - University of Sydney, Graduate School of Government, MPA [Online Syllabi]
  UNSW MPPG - University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, MPPG (Master of Public Policy and Governance)
  Victoria University of Wellington, School of Government, MPP and MPM [Online Syllabi]

 Canada (22 programs at 23 universities, including 3 two-university programs)

  Calgary SPP - University of Calgary, School of Public Policy, MPP [Online Syllabi]
  Carleton SPPA - Carleton University, School of Public Policy and Administration, MAPA (Master of Arts in Public Administration) [Online Syllabi]
  Concordia DPS - Concordia University, Department of Political Science, MPPPA (Master in Public Policy and Public Administration)
  Dalhousie SPA - Dalhousie University, School of Public Administration, MPA
  ÉNAP Québec - École nationale de l'administration publique, MAP (Maitre en administration publique)
  Laval - Université Laval, Département de science politique, MAP (Maîtrise en affaires publiques)
  Man-Winnipeg - University of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg Joint MPA Program, MPA
  McMaster-Guelph - McMaster University / University of Guelph, Collaborative Program in Public Policy and Administration, MA in Public Policy and Administration
  Moncton DAP - Université de Moncton, Département d'administration publique (DAP), Maîtrise en administration publique (MPA)
  Ottawa GSPIA - University of Ottawa, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, MAPIA (Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs) [Online Syllabi]
  Ottawa SPS - University of Ottawa, School of Political Studies - MAPA (Master of Arts Public Administration)
  Queen's SPS - Queen's University, School of Policy Studies, MPA
  Ryerson DPPA - Ryerson University, Department of Politics and Public Administration, MAPPA (Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration)
  Sask-Regina JSGS - University of Saskatchewan - University of Regina, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]
  Simon Fraser SPP - Simon Fraser University, School of Public Policy, MPP
  Toronto SPPG - University of Toronto, School of Public Policy and Governance, MPP [Online Syllabi available on the Atlas]
  UBC MPPGA - University of British Columbia, MPPGA (Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs)
  UVic SPA - University of Victoria, School of Public Administration, MPA
  Waterloo MPS - University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts, MPS (Master of Public Service)
  Western LGP - Western University, Department of Political Science, MPA in Local Government
  York Glendon - York University, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, MPIA (Master of Public and International Affairs)
  York SPPA - York University, School of Public Policy and Administration, Graduate Program in Public Policy, Administration and Law, MPPAL (Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law)

 United Kingdom (11 programs at 10 universities)

  Cambridge POLIS - University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies, MPP
  Edinburgh AoG - University of Edinburgh, Academy of Government, MPP
  Exeter Politics - University of Exeter, Department of Politics, MPA
  Glasgow SSPS - University of Glasgow, School of Social and Political Sciences, MSc in Public and Urban Policy
  King's College London, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, MA Public Policy
  LSE Inst Pub Aff - London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Institute of Public Affairs, MPA [Online course descriptions with indicative readings]
  LSE Government - London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Department of Government, MSc in Public Policy and Administration [Online course descriptions with indicative readings]
  Oxford Blavatnik - University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government, MPP
  Queen Mary SPIR - Queen Mary University of London, School of Politics and International Relations, MSc in Public Policy
  UC London SPP - University College London, School of Public Policy, MSc in Public Policy
  Warwick PAIS - University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies, MA Public Policy

 Europe, Asia, and South America (15 programs at 13 universities)

  SciencesPo Paris - Institut d'études politiques de Paris, MPP
  Università Bocconi, SDA Bocconi School of Management, MPA
  Hertie Berlin - Hertie School of Governance, MPP
  RANEPA Moscow - The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, MGPP (Master of Global Public Policy)
  MBRSG Dubai - Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, MPA
  Jindal SGPP - Jindal Global University, School of Government and Public Policy, MPP
  Singapore LKY - National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, MPP and MPA
  Brunei IPS - Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Institute of Policy Studies, MPPM
  Hong Kong DPPA - University of Hong Kong, Department of Politics and Public Administration, MPA
  Beijing Normal SSDPP - Beijing Normal University, School of Social Development and Public Policy, MCDC (Master's in Contemporary Development of China)
  Tokyo GraSPP - University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy, MPP/IP [Online Syllabi]
  GRIPS Tokyo - National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, MPP (one-year) and MAPP (two-years) [Online Syllabi]
  FGV Brazil - Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE), MPA

 International Affairs Schools that are not also Public Affairs Schools

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

 

MPP/MPA Curricular Types  

The table below is reproduced from MPP/MPA Curricular Types, and groups programs that have similar course completion requirements, subject-matter emphasis, and math/economics content.



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)

Harvard-
Toronto
Tokyo MPP/IP
Princeton MPA
Texas MPAff
Columbia MPA
Columbia MIA
Jindal MPP
USC MPP
Minnesota MPP
RANEPA MGPP
GRIPS Tokyo MAPP
Chicago MPP
Georgetown MIDP
Stanford MPP
Michigan MPP
Maryland MPP
Cornell MPA
Georgetown MPP
Brunei MPPM
UCLA MPP
Pittsburgh MPA
LSE IPA MPA
Toronto MPP
Simon Fraser MPP
Oregon MPA
Indiana MPA
Berkeley MPP
Washington MPA
Carnegie MSMPP
Harvard MPP
Hertie MPP
Duke MPP
Virginia MPP



















ANU-
Singapore
ANU MPP
Sydney GIR MPP
SciencesPo MPP
ANU MPA
Singapore MPP
Harvard MPA
















Syracuse-
Carleton
Mich State MPP
Ottawa MAPIA
GW MPP
Carleton MAPA
Arizona State MPP
NYU MPA
Wisconsin MPA
American MPP
UBC MPPGA
Laval MAPP
Syracuse MPA



















Arizona State-
York Glendon
Beijing MCDC
York MPIAA
American MPA
Concordia MAPPPA
USC MPA
Oxford MPP
Arizona State MPA





















Kings-
Queen’s
Michigan MPA
GRIPS Tokyo MPP
Queen's MPA
Maryland MPM
Kings MAPP

Georgetown MPM


















Warwick-
McMaster
Glasgow MScPUP
Warwick MPP

Edinburgh MPP
Singapore MPA
UNSW MSc
McMaster-G MA
Sask-Reg MPP
FGV Brazil MPA
Macquarie MPP



Management-
Oriented

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

Ohio
Ohio MPA

Melbourne-
Dalhousie

Dalhousie MPA
Man-Win MPA
Moncton MPA
Melbourne MPPM
UVic MPA

Albany-
Georgia
Sac State MPPA
Albany MPA
Florida State MPA
GW MPA
Georgia MPA
SF State MPA
Illinois Chicago MPA
Rutgers MPA

Kansas-
North Carolina

New Mexico MPA
Bocconi MPA
Colorado MPA
Kansas MPA-C
Kansas MPA-I
NC State MPA
Tenn State MPA
Western MPA
ENAP MPA
North Carolina MPA

Cambridge-
Calgary
Northwestern MPPA
Sask-Reg MPA
UC London MSc
LSE Gov MSc
Calgary MPP
Cambridge MPP

Pennsylvania-
Ryerson
Queen Mary MPP
Victoria MPP
Griffith MPA
Ryerson MAPPA
Exeter MAP
MBRSG MPA
Pennsylvania MPA
Sydney GSG MPA
ANZSOG EMPA
Ottawa MAPA
Victoria MPM
Canberra MPA
Waterloo MPS
Melbourne MPA
York MPPAL
Hong Kong MPA

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 Prepared By: Ian Clark, last modified on 7 October 2015. 

 


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