Step 3: CHOOSE YOUR FIRST-SEMESTER COURSE PLAN

IMPORTANT:  You MUST follow the first-semester course plan for your intended specialization to ensure that you are on track for Capstone and graduation.

You should choose your first-semester course plan based on your intended specialization. If you are debating between two specializations, consult the Program Requirement Checksheet for your program to determine which courses you need to take in your first semester to be Capstone-ready. If you plan to waive two or more courses, you should reach out to your Program Administrator for advice on registration.

You will not be required to declare a specialization until the middle of your first semester (if you are a full-time student) or second semester (if you are a part-time student). However, you must follow these first-semester course plans based on your intended specialization to ensure that you fulfill Capstone prerequisites.

Click on your degree program below to review the First-Semester Course Plan for your intended specialization.

MPA-Health

Management

Policy

Financial Management

NOTE: Recommended for students with strong quantitative skills. Taking three quantitative courses in the first semester can be challenging so it is only recommended for those who feel confident in their quantitative skills. Introduction to Health Policy & Management (HPAM-GP 1830), may be taken in the first semester instead of Financial Management (CORE-GP 1021)

Public Finance

NOTE: Recommended for students with strong quantitative skills. Taking three quantitative courses in the first semester can be challenging so it is only recommended for those who feel confident in their quantitative skills. Managing Public Services Organizations (CORE-GP 1020) or Introduction to Public Policy (CORE-GP 1022) may be taken in the first semester instead of Financial Management (CORE-GP 1021).

International

MPA-PNP

Finance

NOTE: Recommended for students with strong quantitative skills. Taking three quantitative courses in the first semester can be challenging so it is only recommended for those who feel confident in their quantitative skills.

International

Management

Policy

NOTE: Recommended for students with strong quantitative skills. Taking three quantitative courses in the first semester can be challenging so it is only recommended for those who feel confident in their quantitative skills. Managing Public Services Organizations (CORE-GP 1020) may be taken in the first semester instead of Financial Management (CORE-GP 1021).

Urban Planning

Elective Cluster Tracks

International Development Specialization

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