The Public Policy Analysis specialization prepares students to play a leading role in policy debate and deliberation. Students develop the analytical and quantitative skills needed to create and assess policy responses to important 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?
  • What are the next steps to solving global poverty?
  • What policies are most effective at minimizing racial disparities?
  • How can education policy improve the performance and equity of US educational systems?

Required Courses

Students are required to take the following policy core courses:

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 also expected to take one policy formation from among the following:

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:

Politics & the Policy Process

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Analytic Methods & Evaluation

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Economic Analysis of Public Policy

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Policy Issues

Urban Policy

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Social Policy

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Education Policy

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Environmental Policy

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International Development Policy

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Race, Class & Diversity Policy

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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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