Policy Analysis and Evaluation

As an MPA student in our Policy Analysis and Evaluation track, you will learn how information from evaluations based on sound methodology can be used to improve the policymaking process.

Our curriculum integrates economics, political science, population studies, and sociology and combines that knowledge with extensive coursework in quantitative and qualitative approaches to policy analysis. You'll develop research skills and all important communication skills.

In addition to pursuing further graduate study, many students who focus on policy analysis and evaluation pursue careers in government, think tanks, and as program evaluators in nonprofit organizations. Some recent examples of other positions taken by our students include: Coordinator of City Government Programs at Baruch College - School of Public Affairs; Program Coordinator for the Division of Voluntary Initiatives at the United Hospital Fund; Development Associate for Partnership with Children; Associate Education Analyst for the Board of Education; Staff Auditor for the NYC Office of Management and Budget; Associate Staff Analyst for the NYC Department of Sanitation; Bureau of Waste Prevention; Reuse and Recycling; and Director of Marketing and Program Promotion for CAMBA, the Church Avenue Merchants Block Association, Inc.

Additional Information

Students who wish to concentrate their MPA studies in Policy Analysis and Evaluation must complete four graduate courses (12 credits), of which there are two required and two elective courses. Electives are to be selected from the list below. Students must also complete an additional two courses (6 credits) of their choice. These are considered free electives and may be chosen from this or any other of our specializations.

Required Courses Credits
PAF 9133 - Economics of the Public Sector and Public Finance 3
PAF 9180 - Policy Analysis 3

Elective Courses Credits
PAF 9110 - Ethics and Public Decision Making 3
PAF 9137 - Telecommunications Policy 3
PAF 9142 - Housing Policy 3
PAF 9145 - Social Welfare Policy 3
PAF 9161 - Business and Public Policy 3
PAF 9173 - Program Auditing and Performance Measurement 3
PAF 9174 - Program Evaluation 3
PAF 9185 - Environmental Policy 3
PAF 9186 - Map Making for Public Policy 3
PAF 9318 - Educational Policy 3
PAF 9699 - Selected Topics in Public Policy 3
PAF 9715 - Healthcare Policy 3

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