Public Policy and Urban Affairs
The Master of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Program at Loyola can give you the tools and knowledge to turn concern about these problems into the ability to analyze them, devise appropriate solutions, and then act. In a small, collegial environment, students learn from engaged faculty and each other. Internships and policy clinics provide opportunities for students to utilize the material learned in the classroom to work on real problems in coordination with public or nonprofit agencies. * The Master of Public Policy program is appropriate for students interested in federal, state, or local government issues. The curriculum develops student knowledge of government programs, how politics influence policy outcomes, the design of effective programs, and the skills to evaluate them. * The Master of Arts in Urban Affairs is an interdisciplinary degree program that provides a more comprehensive focus on the issues that cities face, such as economic competition, globalization and immigration, and the impact of diversity on communities. The curriculum uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide students with an understanding of the complex factors that contribute to urban problems and their possible solutions.
Neither degree program requires a specific undergraduate background. We offer introductory classes on any necessary technical material, such as statistics and economics. Advanced courses then familiarize students with some of the most sophisticated tools in public policy design, analysis, and evaluation. Both programs utilize faculty from multiple departments to offer a wide variety of courses relevant to the study of public policy and urban areas, including use of geographic information systems (GIS), financial management, community field work, and evaluation methods.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Facts & Figures
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999