MPA/MAGPP Dual Degree

The Institute for Public Service, in conjunction with the Political Science & Legal Studies Department, offers a dual degree program in Public Administration and Global Public Policy.

Master of Public Administration (MPA)/Master of Arts in Global Public Policy (MAGPP)

Learn more about this dual degree

Degree Requirements: 18 courses, 54 credits

This 18-course (54 credits) program consists of:

  • Eight required MPA courses (24 credits)
  • Two MPA electives (6 credits)
  • Five required Political Science courses (15 credits)
  • Three Political Science electives (9 credits)
Upon completion of all MPA and MAGPP requirements, students receive two degrees.

MPA Requirements: 10 courses, 30 credits

MPA Core Requirements (8 courses, 24 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This introductory graduate-level course provides an overview of public administration and service and serves as a basis for further advanced studies in the MPA program. This course covers the structure

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces the fundamentals of budgeting

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Quantitative analysis introduces basic statistical techniques used to analyze and draw conclusions from citizen and client surveys; program and policy evaluations; and performance and operations data. These techniques include chi square

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will explore complex issues in public and non-profit human resource management (HRM) by examining policies and practices that support and enhance the value and contribution of individuals in these organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students explore small groups and organization operations

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Leadership is a critical ingredient of successful communities and organizations. This course develops a diagnostic framework as well as strategies and tactics to mobilize adaptive work; engage multiple government

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students review the basis for administrative practice. They learn legal interpretation of statutes

Prerequisites:

Restricted to students that have completed 30 credits.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students will integrate the substance of previous courses in order to develop a capacity for strategic management based on a personal perspective of the role of the professional manager in the policy making process. This holistic perspective is expressed in an extensive research paper that describes the leadership role of the professional manager and defines a basis for ethical action. The course features the review of research articles

MPA Electives (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose any two P.AD 800- or 900-level elective courses.

Students must complete 30 credit hours in the Institute for Public Service; P.AD and POLS electives are not interchangeable.

Notes

  • Students must take POLS-777 prior to taking P.AD-715.
  • Students with no professional public management experience must take PAD-859 Public Service Internship (this will count as an elective). Students who take POLS-723 do not need to take P.AD-859 and can take an additional MPA elective.
  • Students should meet with their faculty advisor in both programs when determining their program.

Global Public Policy Requirements: 8 courses, 24 credits

MAGPP Core Requirements (5 courses, 15 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This internship option is recommended for students seeking careers in professional politics or international relations. Typically

Prerequisites:

OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the concentration in North American Politics. This course will examine the key concepts of an approaches to world politics. Special attention will be given the application of these concepts and approaches to the relations among the nation-states of North America.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the study of international political economy. Addresses the interactive relationship between politics and economics at international and domestic levels in the historical and contemporary international system. Basic understanding of macroeconomics is not required but helpful.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course

Prerequisites:

Open to graduate students only;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the major written formats of the policy-making process including background memos

MAGPP Electives (3 courses, 9 credits)

Electives can include any graduate course offered by the Political Science & Legal Studies Department. Other Suffolk University graduate courses may be taken as electives with the approval of the program director.

Electives will be chosen to support your field of concentration and choice of internship area.

Public Administration Courses

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This introductory graduate-level course provides an overview of public administration and service and serves as a basis for further advanced studies in the MPA program. This course covers the structure

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course demonstrates how issues

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces the fundamentals of budgeting

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Quantitative analysis introduces basic statistical techniques used to analyze and draw conclusions from citizen and client surveys; program and policy evaluations; and performance and operations data. These techniques include chi square

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will explore complex issues in public and non-profit human resource management (HRM) by examining policies and practices that support and enhance the value and contribution of individuals in these organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students explore small groups and organization operations

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Leadership is a critical ingredient of successful communities and organizations. This course develops a diagnostic framework as well as strategies and tactics to mobilize adaptive work; engage multiple government

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students review the basis for administrative practice. They learn legal interpretation of statutes

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Instructor's signature required for registration. Students examine the interrelations among the federal executive

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examination of patterns of intergovernmental operations and administration. Special emphasis on changing techniques of intergovernmental management and emerging patterns of intergovernmental relations. Issues such as regionalism

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The primary focus will be on understanding the operational and strategic leadership aspects of managing mission driven

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is an intensive analysis of selected public policy challenges. Using a combination of case studies

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is built on the premise that state and local government leaders have an obligation to fully develop the human resources

Credits:

3.00

Description:

PAD 819 covers both grant seeking and grant writing. Students

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A decision-making course focusing on applying high speed information systems to support administrative and managerial functions. PMIS incorporates organizational assessments leading to purchasing computer hardware and software

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An introduction to the health system

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Recessions and economic stagnation

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop techniques and directives related to communication processing. Both interpersonal communication and electronic information flow will be examined. Communication skills

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Participants in this course will examine a variety of innovations that attempt to reap the benefits of diverse engagement by bringing together varied parties to forge new solutions to public service challenges. Across a variety of policy areas

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine disability issues of health

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn effective approaches to leadership by examining leadership models

Prerequisites:

Registration requires instructor approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An opportunity will provided for students to research

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Workplace and labor law affects every manager's ability to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization. Ignorance of the relevant statutes and case law leads to misunderstanding

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to build financial management skills for students who wish to start or advance nonprofit management careers and for students who are likely to interact with nonprofits

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides a practical framework for understanding the legal and ethical challenges continually faced by nonprofit human and social service organizations. Students learn about the various levels of legal influence

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an in-depth look at today's philanthropic trends

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students with no public administration work experience will be required to take PAD 859 (Internship) at admission. This is a 3-credit course that requires both class attendance and a 300-hour work requirement. If you are required to take PAD 859

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Regardless of your interest or field

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Linda Melconian served as a Massachusetts State Senator from 1983 to 2005 and was appointed the first woman Majority Floor Leader of the Massachusetts Senate in 1999. Previously

Prerequisites:

Restricted to students that have completed 30 credits.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students will integrate the substance of previous courses in order to develop a capacity for strategic management based on a personal perspective of the role of the professional manager in the policy making process. This holistic perspective is expressed in an extensive research paper that describes the leadership role of the professional manager and defines a basis for ethical action. The course features the review of research articles

Credits:

3.00

Description:

When offered this course focuses upon a special topic in the field of public administration. The course may be retaken for credit when the topics differ.

Credits:

1.00- 6.00

Description:

Instructor and Dean's Approval required for registration. This elective course option involves a student- initiated proposal to a willing and appropriate faculty member for a directed study project. The faculty member and student must concur on a written proposal and final report. Approval by the Office of the Dean is necessary prior to registration.

Political Science Graduate Courses

Prerequisites:

Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

0.00

Description:

This intensive and fun class combines in-depth training on creating and running winning campaigns

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces the concept and practices of transitional justice

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Everything needed to design

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Designed to introduce students to the nuts and bolts of preparing to run for office or guiding a candidate through the process. Students learn how to file nomination papers

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Students learn the basics of how candidates successfully introduce their candidacy to the public. From announcing the campaign to conducting meet and greets to producing candidate photos

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Students learn the fundamentals of how to maximize positive media coverage with attention paid to generating endorsements

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an introduction to the study of the role of the United Nations System in the globalization era. The course is divided in two main sections. The first is based on a series of readings

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explains the main components of the international legal system. It begins by exploring the rules

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the institutional structures

Credits:

3.00

Description:

How do we explain the appearance or absence of social movements? What social or individual factors explain their development and decline? Who joins social movements? Who does not? Why? What ideas or ideals animate those who do participate? What is it like to be part of a social movement? What effect do they or have they had on politics

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Why did 17 European countries surrender the sovereign control of their currency and create the Euro? Will Turkey become a member of the European Union? Will Europeans continue free riding the security protection of the United States? Is the integration process another layer of bureaucracy or an institutional instrument to deal with the permanent crises in Europe? These are some of the questions guiding the discussions in this class.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

After participating in the community service experience in Myanmar or Cambodia (Alternative Winter Break)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduction to the government and politics of contemporary Mexico

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This internship option is recommended for students seeking careers in professional politics or international relations. Typically

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the politics of making public policy. How is policy made? Who is involved? What kinds of information do policy-makers rely on to make their decisions? How do political opportunities shape potential for policy change

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Drug policy encompasses complex and multi-faceted issues. In comprehending these issues

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on legislative politics and organization

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on campaigns and elections

Prerequisites:

OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Core course for the concentration in North American Politics. This course will examine the key concepts of an approaches to world politics. Special attention will be given the application of these concepts and approaches to the relations among the nation-states of North America.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the study of international political economy. Addresses the interactive relationship between politics and economics at international and domestic levels in the historical and contemporary international system. Basic understanding of macroeconomics is not required but helpful.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course

Prerequisites:

Open to graduate students only;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the major written formats of the policy-making process including background memos

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The primary goal of this class is to review and analyze in a systematic way the design

Prerequisites:

Instructor permission required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An intensive off-campus experience

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class will examine the ways in which political marketing is conducted across the globe. It will look at a variety of political systems and cultures in an effort to discern which techniques work best with which political systems and political cultures. The cases will be drawn from all 7 continents and a wide diversity of socio-political cultures. Cases are likely to include Canada

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A two-week intensive seminar in Washington DC; the first week will focus on a look inside the defense and intelligence community in the US government; the second week will examine issues

Prerequisites:

Students must see the professor to get required Washington Center Application

Credits:

3.00- 6.00

Description:

An opportunity to do an internship through the Washington Center at either the Republican National Convention or the Democratic National convention. Graduate students will learn what goes on behind the scenes and interact with important public figures that are influential in setting public policy at various levels of government. They will spend a week prior to the convention studying the electoral process

Prerequisites:

Instructor's consent and approval of the Director of Graduate studies required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Individual program of reading

Prerequisites:

Instructor consent required

Credits:

6.00

Description:

Students must also complete academic work designed to enhance experiential learning and professional development in their internship abroad that is supervised by a Suffolk instructor. Course work will include developing individualized learning goals and objectives for their internships

Credits:

6.00

Description:

Students must also complete academic work designed to enhance experiential learning and professional development in their internship abroad that is supervised by a Suffolk instructor. Course work will include developing individualized learning goals and objectives for their internships

Prerequisites:

Instructor Consent Required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This intensive and fun class combines in-depth training on creating and running winning campaigns

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course examines the areas where organized global citizens can make a difference to produce better living standards around the world. By studying the varieties of rationales of action of non-governmental organizations

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course aims at providing an overview of the nature of the work in diplomatic services in a selective number of countries around the world. By the end of the course