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Master of Arts in Public Policy

The Master's program in Public Policy at Trinity College prepares students broadly for analyzing policy issues.  Core courses provide a foundation in empirical and normative analysis, while electives and a capstone policy practicum focus on applied specialization.

The program is designed for full-time students to complete the program in one year as long as they enroll in the Fall, Summer I, or Summer II semester.  Completion time for part-time students will depend on their course load each semester.

Curriculum:  The M.A. in Public Policy consists of 10 course credits.  Students are required to take six core courses, three policy electives, and the capstone policy practicum.   ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Course descriptions are available on the course schedule page​.  You should consult with your academic advisor before registering for courses​.


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​M.A.​ IN PUBLIC POLICY

6 Core Courses

​5 Courses in Analysis and Management (choose 5 of the following 7)

  • PBPL 800.  Public Policy: Principles and Practice 

  • PBPL 806.  Methods & Statistics for Policy Research

  • PBPL 840.  Budget Management in Public Policy

  • PBPL 846.  Policy Analysis 

  • PBPL 859. Economics of Public Policy  (NEW)
  • PBPL 860. Public Management (NEW)
  • PBPL 869. Leadership in the Policy Arena (NEW)

​1 Course in Law & Ethics (choose 1 of the following 3 )

  • PBPL 808.  Constitutional Foundations of Public Policy

  • PBPL 830. The Federal Courts and Public Policy

  • PBPL 836. Moral Theory and Public Policy

3 Policy Electives  

*Sample of recent electives:

  • PBPL 802.  Law and Environmental Policy

  • PBPL 815.  Policy and Politics of Education Finance

  • PBPL 817.  Education and Immigration in the City

  • PBPL 820.  Policy and Health Equity

  • PBPL 849.  Health Care Regulation and Policy

1 Capstone Course

PBPL 874. Policy Practicum (NEW)


​* Students are also allowed - with permission of the graduate director - to take electives at institutions that are part of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.  For the purposes of this program, the most relevant institutions are UCONN Hartford and the University of Hartford.

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