Students enrolled in the MA in Public Policy can satisfy the requirements of the program by completing either a comprehensive exam or a thesis. Highlights of both options are presented below. Students should consult faculty to discuss and choose an option based on their skills, professional or academic objectives, and other factors.
The comprehensive exam provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their overall knowledge of the dynamics of the policy process, the core research methodologies and analytical tools of the field, and their expertise of a public policy area of their choice (e.g., education policy, environmental policy, foreign policy).
Please read the exam overview and policies.
Similar to the comprehensive exam, the thesis is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of a policy area and research methodology with the design and execution of an original research project.
To register for the thesis, please see the Master's Thesis Application.