The Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) cultivates understanding of how government can improve social and economic conditions and builds knowledge of policy, programs, and the debates surrounding them.
Good decisions in public policy 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 our program. Our graduates emerge commanding extensive analytical skills relevant to the study of government and nonprofit programs. Our proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area gives 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, education reform, and more.
- Areas of emphasis include diversity, education, evaluation, and health, or you may create a self-designed track of study based on your interests.
- Graduate-only education is offered in small, seminar-style classes taught by highly knowledgeable faculty-scholars.
- Pursue your MA in conjunction with another degree, such as a PhD in Psychology. You earn a diploma for each degree and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.