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.  Completion time for part-time students will depend on their course load each semester.

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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​.


6 Core Courses

  • ​6 Courses in Analysis, Management, and Ethics (choose 6 of the following 8)
    • PBPL 800. Public Policy: Principles and Practice
    • PBPL 806. Methods & Statistics for Policy Research
    • PBPL 808. Constitutional Foundations of Public Policy
    • PBPL 821.  Law, Policy & Society
    • PBPL 833.  Introduction to Urban Planning
    • PBPL 840. Budget Management in Public Policy
    • PBPL 846. Policy Analysis
    • PBPL 859. Economics of Public Policy
    • PBPL 860. Public Management
    • PBPL 869. Leadership in the Policy Arena

3 Policy Electives

  • Sample of recent electives:
    • PBPL 801.  Community Development Strategies
    • PBPL 802.  Global Cities
    • PBPL 803.  Urban Planning Global Studio
    • PBPL 817.  Education and Immigration in the City
    • PBPL 849. Health Care Regulation and Policy
    • PBPL 850.  Women, Leadership, and Public Policy
    • PBPL 866.  State and Local Policy
    • PBPL 870.  Polarization and Policy-Making

1 Capstone Course

  • PBPL 874. Policy Practicum

​* 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.