Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 with MPS 598.
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
This course provides an overview of major theories and practice in international political economy. It includes critical analysis of international political economy such as growth theories, capital and labor flows, and transformation of regimes. Students develop analytical skills for professional interests and research purposes.
COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY
Through comparative methods, this course examines cross-national social policy research and practices. Through case study analysis students learn about comparative welfare state research and reflect on major theoretical and methodological aspects of social policy. North American public policy approaches are compared and contrasted with European, Asian, African and Latin American policies on education, health care, housing, social security, labor market and other policy fields.
POLICY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
Focuses on the processes and techniques of analyzing and designing public policies. Students are introduced to analytical ways of thinking that include: defining and modeling policy problems; designing policy alternatives; evaluating policy alternatives using ethical, legal, economic, organizational, and political criteria; and anticipating problems of policy implementation.
MPS 501 and (MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541) are prerequisites for this class.
RESEARCH METHODS I, INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED RESEARCH AND STATISTICS
This course introduces students to the underlying principles of scientific and applied research. It covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches and teaches students to collect and analyze data. Students learn about research ethics, causality, sampling (both random and purposive), and the techniques of survey design. Students calculate descriptive and inferential statistics using statistical software. Students learn applied program research, including developing and evaluating program theory and processes.
MPS 501 and (MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541) are a prerequisite for this class.
RESEARCH METHODS II, ADVANCED APPLIED RESEARCH AND STATISTICS
This course introduces students to more advanced mixed methods of scientific research including interviews and focus groups, observation, and ethnography. Students learn about the design of experiments and the problems associated with spuriousness and control. Students calculate and interpret bivariate and multivariate statistics using statistical software. Students learn applied research, including needs assessment and outcomes evaluations. Students develop their own research proposal for their capstone or thesis project.
MPS 586 is a prerequisite for this course.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
The course focuses on theoretical foundations and practical implications of diplomacy, negotiation, mediation and peace-building to solve and prevent conflicts. It offers reflective practices and concrete directions for creating constructive solutions to interpersonal, inter-group, and international conflict.
PUBLIC SERVICE FELLOWS SEMINAR
Elective, 4-credit hour course available to students with MPS CGPA of 3.75 or greater. For MPS Fellows taking MPS 593, Integrated Seminar, or MPS 598, Thesis Research I, during the academic year, meets roughly every other week during winter and spring terms. Seminar includes distinguished academic and professional guest lectures and presentations of research by Fellows.
In this capstone course students complete an action research project integrating applied research, theoretical frameworks, and professional practice.
(MPS 586 and MPS 587) or (MPS 588 and MPS 589) are a prerequisite for this class.
Students carry out a theoretically-based research project designed in MPS 585. The final product of this course is a master's thesis. Binding fee.
MPS 585 and program director consent is a prerequisite for this course.
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SEMINAR
This seminar introduces students to the contemporary international affairs of the United Nations and connected agencies, programs and organizations. Through conferences with high level UN representatives, students gain an inside view of this complex inter-governmental organization in its operations for peace and security, poverty reduction and development, human rights and humanitarian affairs and international relations and international law.
ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING
Explores the roles of individuals and organizations in the public policy process, particularly as power arrangements facilitate or impede consensus building. Examines how legislation is written and how administrative rules are formed in government agencies. Special attention is paid to advocacy techniques such as lobbying, public education, and litigation.