Outcome evaluation is a critical tool in measuring the efficacy of public policy. The Master of Arts in Public Policy & Evaluation trains you in the technical aspects of outcome evaluation to provide a focused understanding of what makes public policy effective.
The Master of Arts in Public Policy & Evaluation (MAPPE) is joint program offered by the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE) and the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences (DBOS) that combines two highly complementary domains—public policy and evaluation—which are often taught and learned separately. The program places strong emphasis on the politics of outcome evaluation; you’ll develop an understanding of stakeholder and constituent roles in evaluation, empowerment aspects, and the ethical requirements of a policy analyst and evaluator. The program allows considerable flexibility to construct a degree that builds important skills for a range of careers, especially in nonprofit or governmental settings.
Students in the MAPPE program may take policy/evaluation-relevant elective or transdisciplinary courses at any CGU school with the approval of their academic advisors.
The program offers graduate-only education in small, seminar-style classes taught by highly knowledgeable faculty-scholars.
You can pursue your MA in conjunction with another degree, such as a Master of Public Health. You earn a diploma for each degree and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.
Program at a Glance
ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME*
*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.
Examines the role played by members of Congress in the three stages of the policy process: agenda setting, enactment, and execution.
Public Policy Process
Examines how policy is formed, framed, and filtered in the American political system. Various theories and models of policy making are examined and compared.
Policy Design and Implementation
Explores how policy analysis can help us devise better public policies—and then make them work in practice.
Addresses alternative models for understanding and evaluating public policy, ranging from those based on traditional welfare economics to others based on political philosophy.
Professional development workshop focuses on theory-driven evaluation.
Surveys contemporary research methods in psychology, focusing on research conceptualization, design, and measurement and the logic of minimizing the number of viable alternative explanations for a set of findings.
Final Paper Portfolio
During your final semester, you must provide the program office a copy of a paper you wrote during your first semester along with a later paper you consider to be an example of your best work. This is an opportunity to demonstrate how your thinking, knowledge, and experience have evolved over the course of the program and where you see your career heading.
Faculty & Research
Heather E. Campbell
Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy
Director, Division of Politics & Economics
Public Policy, Urban Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice