McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

Founded in 2003, the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies was created as a dynamic academic and research center in policy studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Its mission is firmly rooted in the mission of UMass Boston: To serve the people, and address the issues of a great urban society through outstanding teaching, research and service. Mc Cormack's scholars explore the complex issues which shape policy and impact communities worldwide and provide timely and evidence-based guidance to policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders.

The McCormack Graduate School offers a wide range of graduate programs in public policy, public affairs, gerontology, international relations, conflict resolution. The school also offers a pioneering PhD in global governance and human security.

The school’s nationally and internationally known research centers and institutes critically explore contemporary public policy and management issues like aging, democracy and development, economic development, education, environmental issues, ethnic minority issues, health care, homelessness, human rights, international relations, labor, negotiation and conflict resolution, performance management, post-disaster reconstruction, poverty reduction, regionalization, welfare policy, and women’s issues.

Both the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership and the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security are housed in the McCormack Graduate School.

Affiliation to CIOCS: The McCormack Graduate School is the administrative home to the Collaborative Institute and Dean Ira A. Jackson serves as chair of the steering committee.

Representative to CIOCS: Steering Committee: Ira A. Jackson, Dean

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