MSSP/Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The information below does not apply to students entering the program in fall of 2019. The dual degree MSSP/MPA is currently being reformulated and a new academic plan will be available soon.

The MSSP/MPA provides graduates who plan to lead a nonprofit, run for public office, or head a government agency a skill set for analyzing and shaping social policy. This dual degree program can be completed in 2 years and affords students the opportunity to complete the Policy Internship between their first and second year. Students have the flexibility to take electives in MSSP or in the MPA Program. The students’ Academic Plans are developed jointly by the students and the academic advisors in both programs.

Year 1

FallSpring
MSSP 628: Policy AnalysisGAFL 651: Public Financial Management
GAFL 732: Public ManagementMSSP 631: Law and Social Policy
GAFL 611: Statistics for Public PolicyMSSP 897: Applied Linear Modeling
GAFL 621: Public EconomicsMSSP 632: Capstone I: Policy Communications (0.5 cu)
Summer
MSSP 633: Capstone II: Policy Internship (0.5 cu)

Year 2

FallSpring
MSSP ElectiveMSSP 629: Research and Evaluation
MSSP ElectiveGAFL 631: Policy Making and Political Institutions
GAFL 502: Public CommunicationsGAFL 640: Program Evaluation and Data Analysis
GAFL 799: MPA Capstone

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SP2 Student Emily Berkowitz presents at the APPAM Student Conference

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