Policy Analysis


MPA Policy Analysis Students (Fall 2018)


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A broad base, plus depth and detail

You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in our MPA program's core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. In addition to these highly transferable core skills, the Policy Analysis concentration includes a required course, Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (V 507), and two of the following three skills courses:

  • Management Science for Public Affairs (P 539)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
  • Public Program Evaluation (P 562)

Above, and the following are an example of courses. Please work with your advisor as you make your schedule.

The remainder of the coursework comes in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Policy Analysis program to your own specific interests. Working with your advisor, you''ll be able to select from many elective options related to the policy field.

This is not an exhaustive list. To see all options, go to course descriptions, below.

  • Public Policy and the Arts (AADM-Y 559)
  • International Economic Strategies and Trade Policy (D 577)
  • Conflict and Development (D 583)
  • Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (D 669)
  • International Environmental Policy (E 535)
  • Energy Systems (E574)
  • Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis (F 610)
  • Seminar in Public Capital and Debt Theory (F 667)
  • Health Policy (H 549)
  • Management of Urban Government Services (L 568)
  • Seminar in Urban Economic Development (L 622)
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
  • The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (N 521)
  • Civil Society and Public Policy (N 523)
  • Management Science for Public Affairs (P 539)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
  • Natural Resource Management and Policy (R 643)
  • Poverty and Social Welfare Policy (V 550)

Combining your Policy Analysis concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Economic Development or Information Systems—may offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.

How to apply

Experiential learning

Our MPA program offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentrations course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.

  • IUB - Office of Sustainability
  • Center for Resource Solutions
  • U.S. Executive Office of the President - EOP - US White House - Council on Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office – GAO
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Trans-Atlantic Business Council
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior - Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance
  • Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • NextEra Energy Resources