Definitions

Public Affairs School

Public policy school

Public policy schools teach students policy studies, policy analysis, public policy, public administration, and public affairs.

Public policy schools offer a wide range of public policy degrees including the Master of Public Policy (MPP), the Master of Public Administration (MPA), the Master of Public Affairs (MPAff), the Master of International Affairs and PhDs in Public Policy, Policy Studies, Public Administration, and Doctor of Public Administration (DPA).

In the United States, students pursue a public policy degree after having completed an undergraduate degree in some other field. American public policy programs are generally located in an autonomous graduate or professional school within a larger university.

Curriculum

Most public policy programs combine elements of political science, economics, statistics, law, international relations, international development, public finance, ethics, sociology, and public administration. Some schools also apply quantitative analysis, management information systems, organizational behavior, project management, and operations research to the public sector.

While degrees in Public Policy are generally at the graduate level (masters and PhD), some undergraduate degree programs still exist. Coursework for this designation requires an introductory course in Public Policy coupled with an applied course in Public Policy and is concluded with additional coursework in Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Public Policy.

Admission

In the United States, applicants must have graduated from an accredited university and are generally required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The top programs in the United States

U.S. News & World Report provides rankings of Public Affairs (Master's) schools, as of 2008, via a peer reviewed process. The top 25 schools are:

Further rankings are viewable here

Other Countries

Australia

Canada

China, P.R.

France

Germany

Hungary

Italy

Iran

Israel

Japan

Netherlands

Philippines

Singapore

United Kingdom

Brazil

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