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Master of Arts in Public Policy

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The New England College Master of Arts in Public Policy (MPP) program prepares students for opportunities in both the public and private sector for positions in and out of government, public policy and advocacy groups, or in any industry that an in-depth knowledge of the policy process is desired. The curriculum focuses on the intersection between policy and politics and leverages the expertise of faculty who are scholar-practitioners in the policy world. 

The MPP Curriculum is complemented by two other critical components: 

  • Hands-on public policy Residencies that provide students with real world experience in a policy field of interest, and
  • Small group Speaker Series and Leadership Seminars which enable students to learn directly from experts at the VIP level. 

While some MPP programs take two years and may not include residencies or access to door-opening networks, students in the New England College MPP program accomplish this in just 12 short months.

Our graduates are motivated to make a difference in the policy field of their choice and this program offers a unique ability to integrate intellectual interest, previous experience, classroom discussion, work residency, and interaction with public policy’s very best. 

Program Outcomes

After completing this program, MPP graduates will be able to:

  • Collect, synthesize, analyze, and simulate information to better understand contemporary public policy issues; 
  • Contribute to teams working on policy research and formulation;
  • Communicate a clear understanding of the origins of American political institutions and philosophies;
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of how institutions formulate and implement public policy in American society;
  • Understand the nuances of political processes at the local, state, and federal levels, and how to articulate how such nuances influence the formulation and implementation of public policy;
  • Provide alternative perspectives to the analysis of social inequality;
  • Understand public budgeting and resource allocation;
  • Effectively research and analyze public policy issues and present arguments – in person and in writing – in a clear, logical, and persuasive manner;
  • Differentiate between various methods of conducting and assessing program evaluation;
  • Apply skills in collaboration and negotiation to work with diverse populations to identify common objectives and reach consensus;
  • Professionally exemplify someone with a strong foundation in ethical leadership;
  • Carry out applied research to support writing and communicating in the policy realm;
  • Immediately add value as a member of a public policy organization and play a constructive role in the community, promoting and expanding the common good.

Curriculum

PO 5020 Public Policy Analysis
PO 5030 Research Methods
PO 6045 Quantitative Analysis
PO 5905 Leadership & Negotiation
PO 6220 Governmental Policy Makers
PO 6030 Economic Analysis
PO 6215 State & Local Government
PO 6550 Public Finance & Budgeting
PO 6990 Regulatory Policy
PO 6250 Policy Simulation
PO 6350 Policy Program Evaluation
PO 6975 Final Capstone Project

Course Descriptions

PO 5020 Public Policy Analysis

This course introduces the policy lifecycle. It builds upon knowledge gained through the program and adds to the student’s toolset for policy formation, implementation, and review. Participants discuss issues such as agenda setting and goals of the policy process.

PO 5030 Research Methods

This course provides an overview of graduate level research for the Final Capstone Project. Students learn about the various methods of research in the discipline, research design, and proper formatting and writing of formal papers. Specific focus will be placed on topic development, developing a research outline, conducting a literature review, constructing an annotated bibliography, and proper citation styles that make use of the Chicago Manual of Style. This course provides the tools to do research and prepares student for the Final Capstone Project course.

PO 6045 Quantitative Analysis

This course examines the major multivariate statistical methods that are fundamental to the application of statistics for public policy analysis, formulation, and evaluation. Students will become more effective users of modern statistical tools in analyzing public policies problems and to give diagnostics about policy solutions and implementations. The course also focuses on the interaction between statistics, policy analysis and decision making. Students will discuss the schools of thought that underlie statistical models and often structure the ways that issues are framed for public discussions and policy decisions.

PO 5905 Leadership and Negotiations

The focus of this course is the interplay between effective leadership, the art of negotiation, and timely decision-making. Apart from serving as marketing terms, each of the three concepts are critical to effective public policy making. The course examines their interplay within the context of public servants and their efforts to serve the public good. In addition to specific public policy, students will examine the role that perception plays in the public policy process. Ethics and power are important aspects of this course. Students examine how public servants work to serve the various needs of constituencies, how ethics, power, and perceptions can have an impact on the public policy process.

PO 6220 Governmental Policy Makers

This course explores current issues and trends in government and how the legislative, executive, and judicial branches co-exist. Students examine the impact congressional committees, lobbyists, constituency groups, and the media make on shaping policy in local, regional, and federal government environments. Topics such as branch independence, confirmation processes, policy-setting, activism, wartime powers and much more, will be studied.

PO 6030 Economic Analysis

This course is an analysis of economic phenomena (prices, taxation, market values) from the perspectives of economic institutions (government, markets) and the decisions they make. Topics include the role of government and markets in advancing the public good, effects and limitations of government economic policies, and analyzing the effects of economic decisions on the institution and the public.

PO 6215 State and Local Government

The late Speaker of the House, Thomas P. ‘Tip’ O’Neil is often quoted as having said “all politics is local.”  And, especially in New Hampshire, it’s true!  In this course, students examine the roles state and local governments play in the American system of federalism. The course examines the relationship, commonalities, and limitations between local, state, and federal government. Students focus on roles and responsibilities, law-making, behavior regulation, taxation, and providing for the common good.  Particular attention is given to policy issues like voter registration, education, school finance, healthcare, law enforcement, and tax and debt limitations.

PO 6550 Public Finance and Budgeting

Government intervention in the economy and the impact of governmental policy at local, state, and federal levels will be examined in this course. Students focus their study on economic tools of analysis used in public finance and budgeting by the public sector. Public policies that address externalities, perverse incentives, social insurance, and the effects of taxes are among the many topics examined in detail.

PO 6990 Regulatory Policy

Central to understanding the intersection between law and public policy, the Regulatory Policy course is focused on both the theory and application of regulatory policy on the public good. Students are asked to review and assess regulatory policies in the realms of law, politics, and economics within the framework of the public good. Special attention is given to contrasting perspectives on regulation, differences in regulatory styles, dynamics and processes, regulatory standard-setting, regulatory enforcement, and evaluating regulation.

PO 6250 Public Policy Simulation

This course brings together the study of public policy with practical applications. Through a series of seminars focused on agenda setting, policy development, operationalization, implementation, and assessment, students are asked to navigate the various opportunities and challenges associated with policymaking.

PO 6350 Policy Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is a key component in the public policy process. Once a public policy has been developed, operationalized, and implemented, policy analysts must then conduct program evaluations.  Using a variety of evaluative tools, students assess program design, implementation, efficacy, and outcomes, and identify barriers and opportunities to further advance the process.

PO 6975 Final Capstone Project

The Final Capstone Project provides an integrative experience for the student to develop an actual program or public policy. Students are required to integrate graduate level principles, theories, and methods learned in the program to publish a paper, provide a professional presentation, and demonstrate their mastery.

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