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The Program

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The Master's Program in Public Affairs is a two-year, 36-unit program that is completed in four semesters. There are no classes held in the summer.

Sample Timeline

Year One Year Two
Fall Semester Fall Semester
Proseminar in Applied American Politics (Core)
Strategic Communications (Elective)
Writing for Public Affairs Professionals (Core)
Race, Organizing and Political Power (Elective)
Campaign Organization and Management (Elective)
Urban Public Policy (Elective)
Spring Semester Spring Semester
Public Affairs and Applied Democratic Theory (Core)
Non-profits and Public Policy (Elective)
Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs (Core)
Master’s Capstone Project (Core)
Grassroots Advocacy and Mobilization (Elective)
Leadership for the Common Good (Core)
Internship for no credit (Optional)  

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).
  • 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.

Course Schedules

Most classes are held on weekday evenings. Course schedules are also subject to change each semester. The following is an example of a fall schedule:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
  • Writing for Public Affairs Professionals: 4:45-6:15pm
  • Campaign Organization and Management: 6:30-9:15pm
  • Proseminar in Applied American Politics: 3:00-4:30pm OR 4:45-6:15pm
  • Strategic Communications: 6:30-9:15pm
  • Writing for Public Affairs Professionals: 4:45-6:15pm
  • Proseminar in Applied American Politics: 3:00-4:30pm OR 4:45-6:15pm
  • Non-Profits and Public Policy: 6:30-9:00pm