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The Master's Program in Public Affairs is a two-year, 36-unit program that is completed in four semesters, including the Public Affairs internship. There are no classes held in the summer.
The Program prepares students for the following career paths:
- Professional work in campaign strategy and management
- Governmental relations and advocacy
- Grassroots and community organizing
- Strategic communications
Program of Study
The 36-unit program of study includes the following four requirements:
- Public Affairs Internship - A unique and key feature of the program is the Public Affairs Internship. Students work with program staff to secure a full-time, graduate-level internship in their interest area. The internship may be completed either during the summer between a student's first and second year in the program (for no credit), or during their second year in the program (for 3 units). Internships take place at a variety of public affairs organizations including: political campaigns, advocacy agencies, community organizations, neighborhood associations, public/government offices, and other similar entities.
- Core Graduate Courses (see Courses for details) - Students complete six core graduate courses (3 units each). Total of 18 units.
- Elective Courses (see Courses for details) - Students complete five elective courses (3 units each) from a range of elective courses. Total of 15 units.
- Master's Capstone Project (see Courses for details). 3 units.
Sample Timeline - Two-Year Master's Program
- Proseminar in Applied American Politics (Core)
- Strategic Communications (Elective)
- Writing for Public Affairs Professionals (Core)
- Public Affairs and Applied Democratic Theory (Core)
- Non-profits and Public Policy (Elective)
- Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs (Core)
- Complete internship for no credit (Optional)
- Leadership for the Common Good (Core)
- Campaign Organization and Management (Elective)
- Urban Public Policy (Elective)
- Master’s Capstone Project (Core)
- Grassroots Advocacy and Mobilization (Elective)
- Race, Organizing and Political Power (Elective)