Areas of Study

Maxwell’s MPA program offers eight areas of study. While choosing an area of study helps define a particular focus for our students, it does not limit a student’s coursework to a narrow framework. Students have the flexibility to complete the foundation courses in one area of study and augment these with electives from another.

Eight areas of study

Data Analytics for Public Policy
~ predictive analytics, data driven decision-making, performance management, validity and measurement ...

Environmental Policy and Administration
~clean energy, water quality & availability, sustainability, weapons clean up, land use policy, global climate change, ...

International and Development Administration
~poverty alleviation, institutional capacity building, project evaluation, barriers to development, welfare of the poor majority  ...

National and International Security Policy
~national defense, cyber security, intelligence, security advances and challenges resulting from emerging technologies  ... 

Public and Nonprofit Management
~strategic public management, nonprofit /NGO leadership, fundraising, public-private partnerships, collaborative governance ...

Public Sector Innovation and Management
~technology & change management, open government/transparency, technology acquisition and implementation, technology transfer ...

Social Policy (Aging, Education, Health, Welfare)
~elder care policy, educational access, food insecurity, social security/healthcare, income inequality, poverty and discrimination, urban policy  ...

State and Local Government Financial Analysis and Management
~community & economic development, city management, revenue and expenditure forecasting, infrastructure redevelopment ...