Program Requirement Checksheet



Students must complete or waive all  core courses




Students must complete the following 3 courses [9 credits]:

Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Typically offered credits
PADM-GP.2140 Public Economics CORE-GP.1011, CORE-GP.1018; CORE-GP.1021 concurrently Fall, Spring 3
PADM-GP.2171 Evaluating Programs and Policies CORE-GP.1011 Fall, Spring, Summer 3
PADM-GP.2902 Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics CORE-GP.1011 Fall, Spring, Summer 3



Students are also required to take one policy formation course from among the following [3 credits]:

Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Typically offered credits
PADM-GP.2411 Policy Formation and Policy Analysis CORE-GP.1022 Fall, Spring 3
URPL-GP.2415 Public Policy and Planning in New York Fall 3
HPAM-GP.2836 Current Issues in Health Policy None Fall, Spring 3



Students are also expected to take one of the following two courses: **

Course Number Course Name Prerequisites Typically offered credits
PADM-GP.2172 Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis PADM-GP.2902 Fall 3
PADM-GP.2875 Estimating Impacts in Policy Research PADM-GP.2902; and PADM-GP.2171 or permission from the instructor Spring 3

** Either PADM-GP 2875 or PADM-GP 2172 is required for students planning to work in analysis-oriented positions, such as policy analysis in a government agency, evaluation work in a nonprofit, and research. PADM-GP 2875 provides an overview of quantitative tools and PADM-GP 2172 offers advanced coverage. Please see course descriptions for details. In consultation with their faculty advisor, students whose work will focus more on institutions and the policy process are not required to take but should substitute an appropriate policy-oriented elective. Relevant examples include positions focused on the political dimensions of the policy arena (i.e. staff positions on the Hill or with advocacy organizations or intergovernmental positions in a government agency, mayor's office, or legislative office).



III. CAPSTONE [3 credits]

To be eligible for Capstone, all students must have: earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, declared a specialization, fulfilled the Professional Experience Requirement, and completed the course prerequisite listed for their choice of Capstone (see below).

Students must complete ONE of the two following pairs [3 credits]:

Course Number Course Name Prerequisites credits
  CAP-GP 3401 (Fall)
CAP-GP 3402 (Spring)
Capstone: Advanced Projects in Policy, Management, Finance, and Advocacy I & II All 5 schoolwide core courses; PADM-GP 2171 and PADM-GP 2902; PADM-GP 2140 recommended 1.5 credits (Fall)
1.5 credits (Spring)
  CAP-GP 3148 (Fall)
CAP-GP 3149 (Spring)
Capstone: Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis I & II All 5 schoolwide core courses; and PADM-GP 2902; Co-requisites (taken no later than the fall of Capstone): PADM-GP 2171 and one of the following economics courses: PADM-GP 2140, HPAM-GP 4830, URPL-GP 2608, PADM-GP 2203, or PADM-GP 2441 1.5 credits (Fall)
1.5 credits (Spring)



IV. ELECTIVES [12-15 credits]

Students may wish to organize their electives around the analytical methods or content area electives found on the Public Policy Specialization page:

List of MPA-PNP Policy Electives

Course Number  Course Name         Prerequisites          Typically offered credits




Last Updated: November 2018




This track is intended for students who wish to develop strong quantitative skills and the ability to handle and analyze data. Students in this track will learn about analytic thinking with data, advanced regression and machine learning methods, and survey methods. These skills are used in a broad range of policy analysis—from federal budgets to city regulations—and in program evaluation.

Students who complete the following track (10.5 credits, including PADM-GP 2902 Multiple Regression, a required Policy specialization course) will receive a certificate of completion (distributed after all other degree requirements have been met).


Quantitative Track students complete the following 7.5 credits (3 courses):

PADM-GP 2902, Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics
PADM-GP 2172, Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
PADM-GP 4503, Introduction to Data Analytics for Public Policy, Administration, and Management



Quantitative Track students also complete 3 credits from:

PADM-GP 2505, Applied Data Analytics for Public Policy
PADM-GP.4147, Large-Scale Data Analysis I
PADM-GP.4148, Large-Scale Data Analysis II
PADM-GP.4501, Advanced Quantitative Analysis I: Survey Methods
PADM-GP.4502, Advanced Quantitative Analysis II: Categorical Dependent Variables
PADM-GP.4504, Introduction to Database Design, Management, and Security
PADM-GP.4505, R Coding for Public Policy
PADM-GP.4506, Python Coding for Public Policy



Quantitative Track students may wish to choose electives from the following:

PADM-GP.4114, Surveys and Interviews
PADM-GP.4119, Data Visualization and Presentation
URPL-GP.2618, Geographic Systems and Analysis
URPL-GP.4651, Advanced GIS: Topics in Spatial Analysis