The Master’s program in Public Policy at Trinity College prepares students broadly for analyzing policy issues. Core courses provide a foundation in empirical and normative analysis, while electives and a capstone policy practicum focus on applied specialization.
The program is designed for full-time students to complete the program in one year. Completion time for part-time students will depend on their course load each semester.
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Curriculum: The M.A. in Public Policy consists of 10 course credits. Students are required to take six core courses, three policy electives, and the capstone policy practicum.
6 Core Courses
- 6 Courses in Analysis, Management, and Ethics (choose 6 of the following 8)
- PBPL 800. Public Policy: Principles and Practice
- PBPL 806. Methods & Statistics for Policy Research
- PBPL 808. Constitutional Foundations of Public Policy
- PBPL 821. Law, Policy & Society
- PBPL 833. Introduction to Urban Planning
- PBPL 840. Budget Management in Public Policy
- PBPL 846. Policy Analysis
- PBPL 859. Economics of Public Policy
- PBPL 860. Public Management
- PBPL 869. Leadership in the Policy Arena
3 Policy Electives
- Sample of recent electives:
- PBPL 801. Community Development Strategies
- PBPL 802. Global Cities
- PBPL 803. Urban Planning Global Studio
- PBPL 817. Education and Immigration in the City
- PBPL 849. Health Care Regulation and Policy
- PBPL 850. Women, Leadership, and Public Policy
- PBPL 866. State and Local Policy
- PBPL 870. Polarization and Policy-Making
1 Capstone Course
- PBPL 874. Policy Practicum