Major: Public Policy
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 44.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-1031; 19-3094
About the Program
Drexel’s MS in Public Policy is similar in its core curriculum to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, as it is designed for people who work, or who would like to work, for government or a nonprofit organization. It is innovative and distinct in at least two key respects: focus on case study research and distinct track of specialization.
Case Study Research: The program has a required core curriculum of nine courses, specifically designed for students to:
- develop an understanding of the social, political and ethical context of policy research, and how this understanding can be applied to an applied practice of policy analysis;
- conceptualize, design and conduct social research for policy purposes, as well as comprehensively analyze existing social research data;
- recognize the history of public policy institutions in America and the management and governance of nonprofit organizations; and
- understand the concept of sustainability as it relates to policy planning, design, and implementation.
In addition to the core courses, the program has a focus on case study research as a unifying element of the curriculum. The curriculum reinforces coursework with a series of accompanying 1-credit, online, Case Study Research co-requisites. Students are required to choose a specific case study topic that they will work on for the duration of their time in the program. In each subsequent Case Study Research course, students continue further research and writing on their chosen case study topic. Thus by the end of the program students will have produced a polished, in-depth analysis of a specific case that they can use to demonstrate expertise in a given policy area.
Specialization Tracks: With the approval and support of the program director, students can craft a specialized course of study with their three electives, or they can take courses in the following:
- Economic Policy
- Education Policy
- Environmental Policy
- Information Policy
- Science and Technology Policy
For additional information, view the Center for Public Policy page on the College of Arts and Sciences' website. Current Drexel Thomas Kline School of Law students, please see the page on joint JD-MS Public Policy degrees for more information.
Acceptance for graduate study at Drexel University requires a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution. There is no pre-requisite undergraduate major or specific coursework. Although admission requirements vary by program, regular acceptance typically requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work. The GPA for any graduate work must be at least 3.0.
The admission committee evaluates all credentials submitted by applicants to determine a student’s ability and potential to succeed in graduate study. Applicants to this program should also include their intended area of focus (see the admissions page for the essay prompt) and are often contacted for an information interview. The committee is interested in the applicant’s ability to contribute to his/her program of study and to the University community as a whole.
Drexel is extending the same scholarship opportunities to Master of Science in Public Policy students who enroll in 8.0 credits that are usually only available for full-time programs (minimum enrollment of nine credits for full-time status).
Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information about requirements and deadlines, as well as instructions for applying online.
Students take required courses for the MS in Public Policy from multiple schools within Drexel University, including the Center for Public Policy in the College of Arts and Sciences, the LeBow College of Business, and the College of Computing and Informatics.
Students are required to receive a grade of “B” or better in all core coursework in order to fulfill the requirements of the MS in Public Policy degree and be eligible for graduation. This policy is in addition to the Drexel University Graduate College policy that requires all graduate students to maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA per term as well as an overall 3.0 GPA for graduation purposes.
|BUSN 502||Essentials of Economics||3.0|
|ECON 616||Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis||3.0|
|INFO 680||US Government Information||3.0|
|PLCY 503||Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis||3.0|
|PLCY 504||Methods of Policy Analysis||3.0|
|PLCY 506||Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process||3.0|
|PLCY 507||Nonprofit Organizations||3.0|
|STAT 601||Business Statistics||3.0|
|or STAT 610||Statistics for Business Analytics|
|Case Study Courses||9.0|
|The curriculum reinforces coursework with a series of accompanying 1-credit, online, Case Study Research courses. In the first, students are introduced to case study methodology and practice, and required to choose a specific case that they will work on for the duration of the core curriculum. In each subsequent Case Study Research course, students continue further research and writing on their chosen case study topic. Thus by the end of the program students have produced a polished, in-depth analysis of a specific case that they can use to demonstrate expertise in a given policy area.|
|Introduction to Case Study Research|
|Case Study Literature Review|
|Case Study Document Review|
|Case Study Interviews|
|Case Study Colloquium|
|Case Study Research II (1-credit course taken 3 times)|
|Case Study Final Project|
|Elective Courses *|
|PLCY T580||Special Topics in Public Policy||9.0|
Elective courses are taught under the PLCY T580 Special Topics in Public Policy, or one of the participating departments. Students are required to take three 3-credit graduate level courses to fulfill the electives requirement. Public Policy students are able to select any graduate level courses (pending department approval) to create an electives "track" based on their own interests. Students have taken this opportunity to explore areas such as Education Policy, Environmental Policy and Urban Systems.