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CGU’s Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) degree begins and ends with purpose. As an MPP student, you’ll benefit from an emphasis on social justice and human flourishing, transdisciplinarity, a customizable curriculum that aligns with your passions, and proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area—a living laboratory of social and economic issues.

The MPP program will challenge you to think big, but also to think practically. You’ll learn to design and implement transformative public policies, as well as fashion and invigorate institutions and partnerships. Since tomorrow’s policy challenges do not inhabit any one academic domain, you’ll work across disciplines and out into the world, and learn to combine ideas and insights in new ways that matter.

CGU’s proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area will give you firsthand exposure to the most pressing social and economic issues—the growth of immigrant populations, urban environmental impacts like suburban sprawl, environmental injustice, green energy infrastructure, and education reform. In the MPP program, you’ll train with some of the world’s leading experts in these areas, and you can customize your learning experience by combining core courses and electives to align your passion and purpose with pressing social problems.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

UNITS
32 units

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME*
1.5 years

*Program completion times may vary depending on course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring | Summer

DIVISION
Division of Politics & Economics

DEPARTMENT
Politics & Policy

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Public Policy

Featured Courses

PP 330
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.

PP 338
Policy Design and Implementation

Explores how policy analysis can help us devise better public policies—and then make them work in practice.

PP 341
US Immigration Policy

The increased movement of capital, information, and people has forced scholars and policymakers to rethink traditional paradigms and boundaries regarding nation states. The purpose of this course is to look at one of the most important facets of globalization, the movement of people, and to understand the challenges it poses to U.S. policymakers and society.

PP 485
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research

This course introduces students to qualitative research methods, general research design principles, and mixed method approaches to social science. The main goal of the course is to provide students with knowledge on the benefits and limitations of the different research methods as well as to teach students how to best choose methods that fit the research question at hand.

TNDY 405C
Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality

Surveys the diverse literature on income inequality to develop a nuanced understanding of the issue and, ultimately, develop a policy proposal to manage rising income inequality with a multifaceted approach.

TNDY 407V
Urban Studies

Cities represent about 2% of the world’s area, 50% of the world’s population, 75% of the world’s energy consumption, 80% of the worlds carbon emissions. This class will ground students in an understanding of: the development of cities, aspects of the contemporary city, basic understanding of systems thinking and the urban system, how cities are believed to grow (or not), and how we might measure the complex known as “cities.”

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Public Policy is a 32-unit (up to 40 if students lack prerequisites) degree program that builds knowledge of current government programs and debates about them. This degree can be completed in 18 months (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).

Core Courses (20 units)

  • Public Policy Process (4 units)
  • Policy Design and Implementation (4 units)
  • Multivariate Regression Analysis (4 units)
  • Advanced Applied Data Analysis (4 units)
  • Transdisciplinary Capstone (4 units)

Evaluation (4 units)

Policy Evaluation (4 units) OR Cost-Benefit Analysis (4 units)

MPP Pathways (8 units)

  • Advanced Analysis pathway
  • Social Justice and Inequality pathway
  • Environmental and Water Policy pathway
  • Health Policy pathway
  • Leadership and Flourishing pathway

Prerequisites
Statistics and Microeconomics, which can be met at CGU via Microeconomics and Public Policy or Microeconomics (requires math) and Quantitative Research Methods.

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