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  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 2012-2014 Public Policy Program Public Policy Degree Options Master of Public Affairs and Politics (M.P.A.P.)  

Master of Public Affairs and Politics (M.P.A.P.)

The master of public affairs and politics (M.P.A.P.) degree is designed to help students develop or refine analytic and quantitative skills and to form a more thorough understanding of the political institutions and processes through which public policies are implemented and formulated. The M.P.A.P. is normally a one-year degree for full-time students, but students may also pursue it in a part-time fashion. Prospective students with five or more years of work experience in politics or public policy are encouraged to apply for the M.P.A.P.

Students must complete 30 credits, including a required core of 12 credits in policy, research methods, economics, and analysis. There is no thesis requirement. Students cannot graduate with more than three courses (9 credits) with grades below a B.

Core Courses Credits
34:833:510  Public Policy Formation 3
34:833:530  Methods I: Research Design
34:833:630  Methods II: Data Analysis 3
34:833:543  Economics and Public Policy    
Elective courses 18
Total Credits for the M.P.A.P. 30

Electives include the legislative process, negotiation and conflict resolution, ethics, education policy, labor policy, the media, public policy advocacy, and social policy. Students may choose from among a wide array of courses offered by faculty and practitioners in the public policy program, in other programs in the Bloustein School, elsewhere at Rutgers University, or even at other area universities through special arrangement.

The M.P.A.P. may be combined with the J.D. degree from the Rutgers law schools at Camden or at Newark.
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