International Policy and Management Specialization

Work Across Borders

The International Policy and Management specialization prepares students with an interest in global public service work to appreciate and confront the challenges of implementing complex public service policies and programs in different international contexts.

You'll learn a unique comparative interdisciplinary skill set that bridges cutting-edge conceptual thinking, critical analytical techniques, and concrete management skills. You’ll also learn how public and nonprofit institutional structures and managerial processes vary around the world in important and evolving ways, and how major international agencies function.

The International Policy and Management specialization enables students to develop area-specific breadth and depth by clustering elective tracks in International Public Finance, International Public Management, International Public Policy, or International Health.


CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis
CORE-GP.1020, Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations
CORE-GP.1022, Introduction to Public Policy

Required Courses

Students complete the following courses:

PADM-GP.2201, Institutions, Governance, and International Development
PADM-GP.2202, Politics of International Development
PADM-GP.2203, International Economic Development: Governments, Markets, and Communities

Students must also complete  6 credits from the following areas: 

(Courses are clustered for organizational purposes only; students may take courses across clusters.)

International Public Management

PADM-GP.2173, Operations Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Contexts
PADM-GP.2186, Leadership and Social Transformation
PADM-GP.2211, Program Development and Management for International Organizations
PADM-GP.2225, Organizing for Human Rights Change
PADM-GP.2430, Multi-Sector Partnerships: A Comparative Perspective
PADM-GP.4105, Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Conflict Management in Multicultural Teams
PADM-GP.4212, Managing Humanitarian Challenges: Delivery and Logistics

International Public Policy

PADM-GP.2138, Macroeconomics, Global Markets, and Policy
PADM-GP.2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
PADM-GP.2204, Development Assistance, Accountability and Aid Effectiveness
PADM-GP.2213, Immigration Politics and Policy -- Past and Present
PADM-GP.2223, The International Human Rights Movement: Past, Present, and Future
PADM-GP.2236, Protecting Rights and Promoting Development: Labor and Environmental Standards in the Global Economy
PADM-GP.2250, Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (Accra, Ghana)
URPL-GP.2251, Urbanization and Sustainable Development in a Transitional Economy: Experiencing China (Shanghai, China)
URPL-GP.2613, Sustainable Cities in a Comparative Perspective
URPL-GP.2665, Decentralized Development Planning and Policy Reform in Developing Countries
PADM-GP.4217, NGO Accountability
PADM-GP.4250, Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (meets in New York only)

International Public Finance

PADM-GP.2138, Macroeconomics, Global Markets, and Policy
PADM-GP.2142, Financial Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.2242, Financial Management for International Organizations
PADM-GP.2245, Financing Local Government in Developing Countries
PADM-GP.2311, Social Impact Investment
PADM-GP.2312, Managing Financial and Social Returns of the Social Enterprise
URPL-GP.2652, International Development Project Planning

International Health

HPAM-GP.1831, Global Health Policy and Management
HPAM-GP.2242, International Health Policy and Prospects (Geneva, Switzerland)
HPAM-GP.2244, Global Health Governance and Management
HPAM-GP.2852, Comparative Analysis of Health Systems
HPAM-GP.2867, Health Systems and Reform: Comparative International Perspectives
HPAM-GP.4832, Health Economics: Topics in International Health Policy


Students choose electives from a wide array of Wagner courses.