Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP)

 

     

Public Policy: Understanding How Government Can Improve Social & Economic Conditions

How can cities decrease traffic congestion?
What is the impact of ending bilingual education?
Will anti-growth regulations stop suburban sprawl, or simply drive up the price of housing?
Can election laws be changed to increase political participation?
Are micro-enterprise programs a viable way to increase economic opportunities in inner cities?

These are just a few of the policy questions for which good decisions depend on high-quality analysis. The appropriate design of public policies, and the question of whether a policy does more harm than good in improving social and economic conditions, are at the heart of the training provided in the Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) program in the School of Politics and Economics.

The MAPP is a 48-unit degree program that builds knowledge of current government programs and the debates about them. Students learn the technical skills to assess how politics influences policy choices as well as how to design more effective programs and how to evaluate the impact of existing programs.

Though the skills of the MAPP can be applied to a wide variety of policies, we are particularly strong in urban issues. Our location in the Los Angeles metropolitan area provides firsthand exposure to the most pressing social and economic issues in the country - the growth of immigrant populations, suburban sprawl and traffic congestion, transformation of the economy from manufacturing to international trade and finance, education reform, and restructuring government to increase responsiveness.

A concentration on local education policy is possible by working with faculty in the School of Educational Studies.

We also have a working relationship with the Evaluation Program in the Division l of Behavioral and Organization Sciences, allowing our students to develop expertise in a variety of evaluation approaches –from stakeholder empowerment views, to organizational assessment or implementation evaluations. Faculty in the DBOS program include several members who have been elected president of the American Evaluation Association and a winner of Early Career Achievement Award.

Graduates will command an exceptionally diverse array of analytical skills. By drawing on the offerings of other departments at CGU, students have extensive opportunities to learn a variety of skills relevant to the study of government programs. In addition to analytical techniques from statistics and economics, we also offer courses in legal research methods, use of geographic information systems (GIS), financial management, needs assessment, and survey methods.


THE CURRICULUM

The Master of Arts in Public Policy is a 48-unit degree program that builds knowledge of current government programs and debates about them. Students learn the technical skills to assess how politics influences policy choices as well as how to design more effective programs and how to evaluate the impact of existing programs.


The skills of the MAPP can be applied to a wide variety of policies, and our location in the Los Angeles metropolitan area provides firsthand exposure to the most pressing social and economic issues in the country - the growth of immigrant populations, urban environmental impacts including suburban sprawl and traffic congestion, transformation of the economy from manufacturing to international trade and finance, education reform, and restructuring government to increase responsiveness.  A concentration on local education policy is possible by working with faculty in the School of Educational Studies.


Working with the Evaluation Program in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, students can also develop expertise in a variety of evaluation approaches – including stakeholder empowerment, organizational learning, or implementation evaluation.  These approaches complement the emphasis on modeling and estimating program impacts and assessing causal effects of government policies covered in the public policy courses.

CORE COURSES & REQUIREMENTS (16 units)

  • PP330 Public Policy Process
  • PP338 Policy Design and Implementation
  • SPE 313 Microeconomics and Public Policy*
  • SPE410 Foundations of Political Economy OR Econ286 Public Choice

Practical Experience: students who do not already have experience in the governmental or nonprofit sectors must gain such experience during the MAPP. This can be done in the following two ways:

Taking a class classified as a policy clinic (some classes qualified as policy clinics may meet another requirement in addition to the practical experience requirement) OR
Doing an internship with a government or nonprofit organization (with approval, an appropriate internship taken for credit can be used as one course in the student’s substantive area of emphasis). **

* Students who have already taken a college-level course in microeconomics may use that course to meet this requirement and take an elective instead.


** Students who wish to do an internship are welcome to make an appointment with the counselor
in the Office of Career Management for assistance through the process of getting internships. 

Please contact Paul Hardister in the Office of Career Management by phone or e-mail.  Phone (909) 607-1539, e-mail paul.hardister@cgu.edu.  The Office of Career Management is located at 1257 N. Dartmouth, Claremont.



RESEARCH METHODS (12 units)

Complete one of the following sequences:

Research Sequence 1:

  • PP481 Quantitative Research Methods
  • PP482 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • PP487  Applied Data Analysis (PP481 & PP482 OR Econ382 & Econ383 are prerequisites)


Research Sequence 2:

  • ECON308 Mathematics for Economists
  • ECON381 Econometrics I
  • ECON382 Econometrics II OR ECON383  Econometrics III


POLICY ANALYTIC METHODS (8 units)
Complete two courses from of the following:  

  • SPE318:  Cost Benefit Analysis
  • PP331 Policy Evaluation
  • SPE315 Game Theory
  • SPE471 Strategic Models for Politics Economics & Business
  • IST370 GIS-Essential Concepts
  • IST380 (Special Topics Courses)
  • Or other suitable analytic methods as approved


Usually taught in spring:  PP481, PP330, SPE313, PP487, SPE315
Usually taught in fall:  PP482, PP338, SPE318, PP331

AREAS OF SUBSTANTIVE EMPHASIS


TRACK 1:  EDUCATION WITH SES (12 units from the following)

  • ED407 Public Policy and America’s Schools
  • ED408 Education Finance Policy
  • ED630 Policy, Practice & High Performing Schools
  • ED635 Special Education Trends, Issues & Policy Development
  • ED650 Federal Higher Education Policy
  • ED654 Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • ED676 The Politics of Urban School Reform
    ED699 Educating Minority Students in Urban Schools: Policy & Practice
  • Or other courses approved by your faculty advisor

    SES Faculty Contact:
    Margaret.Grogan@cgu.edu

TRACK 2:  HEALTH POLICY WITH SCGH (12 units)
  • CGH300 Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion and Education
  • CGH302 Epidemiology

Choose one (1) course from the following list (4 units)

  • CGH303 Health Services in the US and Abroad
  • CGH304 Environmental and Occupational Health
  • SPE348 Regulatory Policy
  • Or another course approved by your faculty advisor
SCGHFaculty Contact:
Darleen.Schuster@cgu.edu
 
TRACK 3:  EVALUATION WITH DBOS (12 units from the following)

  • PSYCH326 Foundations (2)
  • PP331 Policy Evaluation (4) OR
  • PSYCH354b Evaluation Procedures (4)
  • PSYCH414 Evaluation Procedures Practicum (2)
  • PSYCH315z Evaluation Theories (4)

DBOS Faculty Contact:
Tarek.Azzam@cgu.edu

DBOS Staff Contact:
John.LaVelle@cgu.edu


TRACK 4:  STUDENT-DESIGNED EMPHASIS (12 units chosen with advisor's participation and approval)

Students can design their own areas of emphasis based on their own interests and time constraints. In some cases courses from the 5Cs (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps) can be used. Some areas of interest students have pursued in the past include the following:

  • State and Local Economic Development Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Regulatory Policy
  • Computational Modeling
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Identity Policy (Gender, Race, Ethnicity, etc.)
  • Political Participation
  • Business and Government
  • International Policy

FINAL PAPER PORTFOLIO

As for all Master’s degree programs in DPE, during their last semester in the program, MAPP students must provide the program office a copy of a paper that they wrote their first semester in the MAPP along with a paper they wrote later during the MAPP and that they consider an example of their best work in the MAPP program.  (These papers will be used by CGU’s accrediting agency.)


Politics and Policy Faculty Contacts:
Heather.Campbell@cgu.edu
Jacob.Leos-Urbel@cgu.edu

 


 

Contact Information:

For program inquiries
Annekah Hall
Assistant Director of Admissions
909.607.3371

For application questions
Admiss@cgu.edu
909.621.8069

SOME UNIQUE BENEFITS OF AN SPE PUBLIC POLICY DEGREE

Policy Clinic
The policy clinic offers students an opportunity to analyze a specific policy issue and produce a joint research report under conditions comparable to those faced by professional policy analysts.

Careers In and Out of Government
Recent efforts to "reinvent government" have centered on rethinking the partnerships between public and private organizations. This rethinking has added new significance to the connections between government, business, and non-profit organizations. Accordingly, graduates of the MAPP program command skills that are in demand in a variety of organizations, not just government. Our alumni and many current students are employed in nonprofit agencies as well as city, county, and state government.

Practical Training for Real-World Applications
MAPP students have access to a variety of opportunities to apply their skills in policy analysis. Students may also apply to the Coro Foundation, a national nonprofit public affairs training organization, for a nine-month paid fellows program that provides internship experience in government, nonprofit, and business organizations. Up to 10 graduate credits may be earned from participation in this program. Other internship opportunities are available to MAPP students in a wide range of organizations. The policy clinics taught within the department also give students an opportunity to apply their research skills to a specific policy problem. The report summarizing the work of the policy clinic serves to showcase the student's substantive expertise, analytical capabilities, and professional writing style. Students without prior work experience are especially encouraged to take advantage of internships and policy clinics.

 

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