Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy degrees: Differences and similarities in the curricula and course contents

Göktuğ Morçöl, Michele Tantardini, Adam Williams, Derek R. Slagle

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Abstract

The historical origins of public administration and public policy analysis suggest that Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs should have different focuses in their curricula: the former on management skills and the latter on analytical skills. To investigate whether and to what extent the two types of programs are different and whether the accreditation standards of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration have a homogenizing effect on them, we investigated the titles and descriptions of the courses in their core curricula. The results show some differences between Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs, but no clear distinction. Analytical skills are required by both Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs. Master of Public Policy programs distinguish themselves from Master of Public Administration programs primarily by requiring economics and economic analysis courses. Higher percentages of Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration-accredited programs require organization studies, human resource management, and public budgeting courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-332
Number of pages20
JournalTeaching Public Administration
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Public Administration

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