Work Across Borders

The International Policy and Management specialization prepares students to appreciate and confront the critical challenges of implementing complex public service policies and programs in varying contexts. Students with an interest in global public service work gain a unique comparative interdisciplinary skill set that bridges cutting-edge conceptual thinking, critical analytical techniques, and concrete management skills. Students also learn the important and evolving ways that public and nonprofit institutional structures and managerial processes vary around the world 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, International Health or International Urban Planning.

Required Courses

Students must complete the following 9 credits:

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 at least 6 credits from the following courses. (Courses are clustered by general topic area for organizational purposes only; students may take courses across clusters.)

International Public Management
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International Public Policy
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International Public Finance
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International Health
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Student may choose electives from across the following topic areas:


All Capstone projects begin in the fall and are completed at the end of the spring semester. Full-time students who begin in the spring semester typically need 2½ years to complete their degree.

CAP-GP.3149, Capstone: Advanced Projects in Applied Research II
CAP-GP.3226, Capstone: Advanced Projects in International Policy and Management I
CAP-GP.3227, Capstone: Advanced Projects in International Policy and Management II