MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY
A program that brings together political science, economics, statistics, management, and other social science disciplines enabling students to shape policies and programs around the globe. It is designed to provide students with a strong analytical foundation, applicable to a wide variety of policy issues. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to become leaders in the non-profit, public, or private sector while creating meaningful social change.
Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers as policy, research, program or budget analysts in federal, state or local government or in non-profit or private organisations. They can also work as program managers, city or town administrators, or as directors of or managers in non-profit organisations. The U.S. Federal Government allows regular post-completion OPT (12 months) to the students graduating from this program.
Year 1 | JKLU
Credits - 4
Probability & Statistics
Cognition & Critical Thinking
This course will be introduced in Semester 1. It will help students build the foundational ability to clearly reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way which has become a key skill for survival in today’s world.
Credits - 2
This course is focussed on comprehending the Indian government and politics through an empirical and theoretical lens. The goal is to discover order in the chaotic world of politics. The course teaches general theories that help explain political outcomes as those arising from collective decisions made in the public arena consisting of political institutions and processes.
Seminar on Macroeconomics
Credits - 2
This course will teach the ideas of hypothesis, measurement, survey design, behavioral and experimental research.
Academic writing is a critical skill in the success of one's graduate studies in policy and social sciences, and the professional life thereafter. This course will cover skills such as formulating a problem, doing a literature review using various tools (databases, citation software), structuring and presenting the writing in an appropriate format etc., all geared towards formulating a “Fellowship proposal” project.
Public Policy Seminar
Critical Thinking for Developing Perspectives
Further building on the Cognition & Critical Thinking Course of Semester I, this course will be introduced in Semester II. It will enhance skills on formulating relevant and investigative questions, evaluating information and evidence for correctness, consistency, and relevance. Students will learn to recognize their own beliefs, biases, claims and assumptions in solving problems through a medium of case studies, group simulations, debates etc.
Year II | UMass Amherst
Professional Development Seminar
Politics and the Policy Process
Credits - 3
Introduction to Statistical Methods for Public Policy + Statistics Lab
Economics & Public Policy
Comparitive Public Policy
Credits - 3
Public Policy Analysis
Director, School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst
“This program balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience, preparing students to become leaders in government, nonprofits, or the private sector. The scholars who join us through our partnership with LSEF will add to the cultural and intellectual diversity of our vibrant campus. We’re excited to welcome them to our supportive living and learning environment and help prepare them for future success.”