Courses in the MAPP program focus on building a strong conceptual understanding of the policy process, sharpening analytical and research skills, and developing student expertise in a policy area. The program consists of the following types of courses:
The MAPP program provides flexibility to students by offering hybrid courses, which consist of in-class sessions interspersed with online classes on alternate weeks. The online component is asynchronous, allowing students to participate when it is most convenient for them.
Students can choose to complete the MAPP program with a comprehensive examination or a research thesis. Students determine how they want to demonstrate their conceptual, methodological, and application skills. Advising is available for students to determine which option best fits their learning style or meets their professional or educational objectives.
Events are offered for students to socialize, network, and further develop their expertise in a policy area. Students are required to attend program-sponsored graduate colloquiums, are invited to on-campus conferences, and can attend social gatherings such as campus sporting events.
Research projects are available for students to serve as data collectors and analysts. The E-Government in New Jersey project, for example, examines how New Jersey municipalities use their Web sites to communicate with citizens. Students are able to work hands-on with faculty and institute directors, giving them valuable exposure to local officials and expertise in an area of importance for prospective or current employers.