The global policy analysis specialization offers the international competencies and policy analysis skills for a career assessing global issues and programs for poverty reduction, gender empowerment, economic development and human security.  Besides the shared required courses in the program, students enrolled in this specialization should take the following course sequence.

Course Requirements

Thesis O​​ption

Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 with MPS 598.

MPS 612

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.

MPS 613

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.

MPS 542

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.
Prerequisites:
MPS 501 and (MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541) are prerequisites for this class.

MPS 586

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.
Prerequisites:
MPS 501 and (MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541) are a prerequisite for this class.

MPS 587

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.
Prerequisites:
MPS 586 is a prerequisite for this course.

MPS 616

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.

MPS 597

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.
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MPS 593

INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR

In this capstone course students complete an action research project integrating applied research, theoretical frameworks, and professional practice.
Prerequisites:
(MPS 586 and MPS 587) or (MPS 588 and MPS 589) are a prerequisite for this class.

MPS 598

THESIS

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.
Prerequisites:
MPS 585 and program director consent is a prerequisite for this course.

MPS 614

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.

MPS 546

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.