Pursuing a graduate degree in public policy at a traditional school may help prepare students to promote change. Public policy occurs at local, state, national and international levels and interacts between the public and private sectors. Depending on your career aspirations, you will want to consider where the grad school in public policy is located and what connections they have. For instance if you are interested in international public policy, you might consider a program abroad or if you are interested in politics, you might consider a campus program located in Washington D.C. or your state capitol with an internship in government offices.
Many students are seeking a local Master of Public Policy (MPP), but there are also Phd Public Policy programs if you are interested in research and advanced study. Professionals and graduate programs in public policy may also become involved with APPAM – the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management which is “dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education”. Many programs offer concentrations in different aspects of public policy such as economics, education, environment, health, management or social policy so you will want to see which graduate public policy schools offer the specialization that interests you the most.
Depending on your background, you may find certain campus public policy degree programs are better geared to suit your needs. For instance, some full-time programs are better for students going straight from a bachelor’s program or early in their careers who plan to take a year or two to complete the degree. Others will prefer to find degrees in public policy that can be completed part time and have night time or weekend classes specifically geared to adult learners. You will also want appreciate the benefits of local networking offered by the campus public policy graduate school.
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