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Five-year Combined BA/MPP for TCNJ Students

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MPP logoThe Master of Public Policy and the certificate are the results of years of study, planning, and development by the Department of Political Science and partnering colleagues in policy-related disciplines across campus. We are so excited to offer these programs to you!

Learn more about Public Policy Graduate Programs.

What is an MPP and who is it for?

The Master of Public Policy provides specialized training in the policy-making process, specific policy areas (health, education, crime, energy, land use, the environment and sustainability, and social policy, among others), methodology and applied policy research, and public management. The MPP is designed for those interested in careers in policy research and management working in government, non-profit organizations, advocacy and lobbying groups, consulting, government relations, and management positions in the private sector.

What are the distinctive features of the TCNJ MPP program?

The mission of the TCNJ MPP program is to equip students to be effective policy analysts, researchers, advocates, and managers by providing high-quality methodological training, individualized and group research opportunities, and interdisciplinary public policy expertise. The MPP seeks to serve the public interest in the Trenton-Mercer area, the state of New Jersey, and the Mid-Atlantic region through its teaching and applied research. The program is designed to create flexible, well-trained, generalist public policy experts who can succeed in careers in a range of policy areas through universal, high-quality methodology and data analysis training and a required master’s thesis. Substantively, the program capitalizes on our proximity to Trenton, the New Jersey State Capitol, and numerous state agencies in the Ewing/Trenton area by focusing on state and local public policy and governance challenges facing NJ and the Mid-Atlantic region.

How long would it take to get an MPP?

The program is offered in three modes: a five-year accelerated combined BA/MPP program available for current students, a stand-alone (18-month to two-year) traditional master’s degree, and a flexible, part-time program for those working full-time while pursuing their graduate degree.

The five-year program is particularly attractive because current TCNJ students can double-count graduate courses toward their undergraduate degree, saving substantial money and time!

When will the Five-Year Combined BA/MPP and the certificate be offered to TCNJ Students?

TCNJ students can enroll in courses in Spring 2023 to begin the Five-year Combined BA/MPP program or the Certificate in Public Policy.

The traditional Master of Public Policy (MPP) program begins accepting applications for Fall 2023. See application requirements.

How do TCNJ students apply?

The application deadline for the 5-Year Combined BA/MPP and Public Policy certificate programs is early spring 2023. Online application and all supplemental documents must be submitted to the Admission Committee of the Political Science Department via the links below.

The 5-Year Combined BA/MPP application requires a resume or CV, unofficial transcript, the names of two TCNJ academic references, a personal essay, and writing sample. The one to two-page personal essay should describe your academic and career objectives and how participation in the TCNJ Master of Public Policy program will advance your personal and professional goals. The brief writing sample (3-5 pages) should give the admission committee a good sense of your academic and professional writing ability. The writing sample can be a from work you have submitted for a previous course or for a policy-related job or internship. Submitting a portion of a longer written work is acceptable.

The Public Policy certificate application requires an unofficial transcript, the names of two TCNJ academic references, and a one to two-page personal essay which should describe your academic and career objectives and how participation in the Public Policy Graduate Certificate program will advance your personal and professional goals.

Click here to apply for the 5 Year Combined BA/MPP.

Click here to apply for the Public Policy Graduate Certificate.

What courses are offered in Spring 2023?

We are offering two of our new graduate courses, PUBG 501/The Policy Process in Theory and Practice (Dr. Willse) and PUBG 511/Program Evaluation and Causal Inference for Policy Analysis (Dr. Bowen). If you meet the course requirements (24 or more completed units and a 3.0 GPA or better) and would like to enroll in one or both of the courses, please complete this form.

Students with 24 or more completed units and a 3.0 GPA or better can take one (or both) of the courses and count them as upper-level elective credit toward their Political Science major or the general unit requirement to graduate. Public Policy Analysis and Management minors can count two PUBG courses in place of POL 300 and the specialty course for the minor.

PUBG 501/The Policy Process in Theory and Practice

This course introduces graduate students to the study of public policy and pays particular attention to the policy process: where do public policies come from? Why are policies adopted when and where they are? We will be reading and discussing some of the central works in the field of public policy as well as contemporary works illustrating various theoretical approaches to the study of policy-making. In doing so, we will get a taste of public policy research across a range of policy areas. PUBG 501 is a required course in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program.

PUBG 511/Program Evaluation and Causal Inference for Policy Analysis

Program evaluation is fundamentally about understanding causal relationships between policy interventions and society. The purpose of this class is to prepare graduate students to conduct rigorous program evaluations using a range of quantitative statistical tools designed to make valid causal inferences. Students will grow in their ability to analyze cause-and-effect relationships and better understand the role of evidence and analysis in designing, evaluating, and reforming public policies. PUBG 511 is a required course in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program.

Other questions?

Please contact Dr. Bowen to answer other questions about the TCNJ MPP and certificate programs.

Spring 2023 Graduate Courses

Students with 24 or more completed units and a 3.0 GPA or better can take one (or both) of the courses and count them as elective credit toward their Political Science major or general unit requirement to graduate. Contact Susan Scibilia at scibilis@tcnj.edu to register.

Course Title Faculty Day Time Room
PUBG 501 01 THE POLICY PROCESS IN THEORY & PRACTICE Willse,Cadence M-TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM SOCI 241
PUBG 511 01 PROGRAM EVALUATION & CAUSAL INFERENCE FOR POLICY ANALYSIS Bowen,Daniel TH 3:30 PM - 6:20 PM SOCI 241