About the Department

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Public Policy and Public Affairs

Our programs provide interdisciplinary study of a wide range of political and economic philosophies and theories of public policy and  public affairs, with a particular focus on state and local policy issues.

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Small Student-centered Classes

Our department is dedicated to the personal and intellectual growth of each of our students, and maintains cohorts of small size for a more intimate course of study.   A maximum of ten to twelve students are enrolled per year in our PhD program, and a no more than 20-25 students per year in our master's and certificate programs.

Dedicated and Supportive Faculty

Our faculty are committed to ensuring an enlightening and informative course of study for each student. Our small cohort sizes allow faculty to work closely and individually with students, providing a strong network of support and lasting professional relationships.

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Celebrating 2015 book releases for Professors Michael Johnson, Aroon Manoharan, and Christian Weller.

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