Social Impact and Policy Analysis

The Public Policy specialization prepares students to play a role in policy debate and deliberation by developing critical conceptual, analytical and quantitative skills. By studying the application of social science theories and methods to the analysis of issues of public importance, students develop the critical conceptual, analytical and quantitative skills to develop and assess alternative policy responses to public issues and urban problems.

Students will learn how to approach questions such as:

  • How can cities formulate and implement policies for growth and development?
  • Should we be moving boldly to stem global warming?
  • What are the most meaningful next steps in combating obesity and its associated health problems?
  • What policies are most effective at minimizing racial disparities?
  • How can education policy improve the performance and equity of US educational systems?
  • Should governments fund the arts?

Required Specialization Courses

Students must complete the following 12 credits:

PADM-GP.2140, Public Economics and Finance
PADM-GP.2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
PADM-GP.2902, Multiple Regression and Intro to Econometrics

Students are required to take one of the following policy formation courses:

PADM-GP.2411, Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
URPL-GP.2415, Public Policy and Planning in New York
HPAM-GP.2836, Current Issues in Health Policy

Students are generally expected to take the following course to complete the specialization (necessary for quantitative analyst positions)

PADM-GP.2875, Estimating Impacts in Policy Research

Clustering Elective Courses

Students may wish to organize their electives around particular analytical methods or content areas, such as:


Analytical Methods and Evaluation

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Arts and Cultural Policy

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Economic Analysis of Public Policy

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Economic Development and Housing

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Education

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Environment, Infrastructure, and Sustainabililty

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Finance

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Health

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International Development

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Leadership and Organizational Behavior

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Politics and the Policy Process

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Public and Nonprofit Management and Organizations

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Race, Class, and Diversity

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Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change

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Urban and Social Policy

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Capstone

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.3148 is recommended for students interested in quantitative analyst positions. Policy students choose one of the following Capstone courses:

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