MAPP501 Foundations of Governance and Policy (3 semester hours)

In an increasingly complex geopolitical environment, concepts of “governance,” “polity,” and “policy” need exploration, definition, and clarity. This course lays the multi-disciplinary groundwork for this program, introducing the roots of the field and the expectations of the program. Students will explore the process of policy making, the conditions which influence administrative decisions, and the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline.

MAPP502 Public Writing (3 semester hours)

The art of good public writing involves many stages: good memos and grant proposals do not just “happen” overnight. And competent reports or engaging press releases do not constitute everything you know about their central subject. They are the product of much thought, research and frequently much revision. The good news is that, like any technique, it is one that can be learned through practice and useful feedback. MAPP 502 is designed to provide just this, with a special emphasis on developing self-evaluation techniques for you to draw from and use professionally long after you have completed your Master’s degree.

MAPP503 Digital Government (3 semester hours)

This course offers an in-depth panorama of the strategies used to design, implement and evaluate effective policies, government information and democratic procedures and practices as they are publicized online in a digital world. We examine the merits of recent initiatives in e-government and e-governance from the perspective of policy administrators and elected officials as well as the increasing array of ways that citizens and civil society groups and organizations can use, and interact with online government information and services. We also look at the problems that many government agencies encounter in their attempts to provide information and services digitally plus what challenges and opportunities may be in store for the e-governance strategies of the future. The course covers issues surrounding democratic accountability and transparency, security and privacy, citizen e-participation, e-performance reporting and public relations in online government communications. It pays special attention to giving students the opportunity to develop practical skills in how to design and develop effective, specific and comprehensive e-government strategies at the local or state level.

MAPP504 Economics and Public Policy (3 semester hours)

This course critically assesses the role the government plays in the economy and how this affects federal, state and local public policy making and vice versa. We first deconstruct and critique basic economic concepts like public goods and externalities and cover the central theoretical principles that apply to public economics. We then use these to evaluate the federal budget, taxation and income redistribution with a special focus on social security, education, health care and defense policy. Students will develop a critical sense of their own economic policy positions and apply these to their area of concentration.

MAPP697 Public Policy Project Capstone (3 semester hours)

The Public Policy Project Capstone course gives students the opportunity to choose a current policy in which they are interested and conduct an in-depth policy analysis from many critical perspectives. This will be supported by submissions of a policy brief, target audience assessment, budgetary analysis and timeline and a strategic media plan. The creative project must demonstrate originality and will follow the style requirements set by the department currently the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED.

MAPP699 Public Policy Capstone (3 semester hours)

Preparation for the Master of Public Policy thesis begins on day one of a student's graduate program of study. The theories, research methods, analytical skills, and substantive knowledge obtained through the Public Policy curriculum provide the basis for the thesis project. In this course, instructors guide students through the thesis process. Students are expected to submit all required components of the research process beginning with a thesis proposal. The thesis proposal must provide a clear description of a contestable question or problem and a proposed method of answering the question or solving the problem. The thesis requires students to present an original argument using proper academic writing conventions including carefully documented primary and/or secondary sources. Guidance on the format of the thesis and proposal are contained in the APUS End of Program Manual. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.THIS COURSE IS 16 WEEKS.