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Concentration in Policy Analysis and Administration

The concentration in policy analysis and administration will give you  the analytic and technical skills, broad understanding of public policy formulation and implementation, and a specialization that will help you succeed in your area of interest. Students in this concentration:

  • Learn the nature of the policy-making process;
  • Gain an understanding of the techniques of policy analysis and social science research methodology;
  • Investigate at least one substantive areas of public policy (e.g., health, environment, human services, community development).

A concentration in policy analysis and administration prepares graduates to devise, analyze and implement policies to respond to today's challenging social and political problems, to work as administrators or policy analysts in public, private and non-profit organizations.

Students concentrating in policy analysis and administration complete the following required courses:

  • PLCR 503, Quantitative Analysis
  • PLCR 506, Social and Public Policy Analysis
  • PLCR 526, American Politics and Policy
  • A theory course, such as: Politics of Civic Problems, Women and Politics, Policy Implementation, Global Public Policy and other courses by petition to the Policy Center Curriculum Committee at least one month prior to the start of the term in which the course proposed is to be taken.

With a core of 6 or 9 credits (depending on the choice of an expanded research paper or a thesis) and a concentration of 12 credits, students in the concentration in Policy Analysis and Administration take 15-18 credits (5-6 classes) in elective courses. This will give you the freedom to build your understanding and skills in policy analysis, policy-making and policy implementation, and to specialize in a substantive area that interests you. You can also choose to use your elective courses to earn the certificate in policy analysis and administration.

A few relevant elective courses to consider on policy-making and policy implementation are:

  • PLCR 518, The Politics of Civic Problems
  • PLCR 524, Women and Politics
  • PLCR 525, Policy Implementation
  • PLCR 605, Internship