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AcademicsUndergraduate ProgramsEconomics (BA)/Public Policy (MPP): 3 + 1 Program
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Use your vision, compassion and insight to make a positive impact. Combining a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Master of Arts in Public Policy, this highly interdisciplinary program is built on the belief that the political process can bring about social change. The 3+1 Public Policy Program will uniquely position you to make a difference at local, national and global levels.
Coursework in the first three years draws on our vigorous liberal arts curriculum to provide an strong foundation in economics. Master's level coursework in public policy begins by the end of the third year and culminates in an intense and practical Capstone Project in Public Policy. Drawing on Boston's vibrant legislative, nonprofit and advocacy resources, the Capstone blends your internship experience with the opportunity to address real policy issues in a substantial written work.
You'll graduate with a command of public policy analysis and a deep understanding of the different contexts in which public policy is developed and implemented — ready to lead and implement real change.
You will complete the 128 credits required for a BA, including the courses required for your elected major, in your first three years. The Master in Public Policy degree requires 36 credits (12 courses).
Note: this chart represents a sample 3+1 curriculum including the majority of the all-college graduation requirements. Course scheduling is subject to change, and the summer course load can be flexible based on AP credits, courses taken elsewhere, etc. We will work with you individually to determine the best course sequence for your needs.
*Indicates a required core course in the MPP Program
The 3+1 Public Policy Program is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in running for public office, working in legislative offices on legislative policy, becoming involved in advocacy or nonprofit work, or pursuing a PhD or law degree. You should enjoy analyzing complex problems and have strong interest in economics.
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Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Leanne Doherty, PhD, oversees the 3+1 Public Policy Program. Zinnia Mukherjee is the major advisor for students interested in the BA in Economics to MA in Public Policy track.
Close mentorship is vital to 3+1 success. You'll work one on one with your advisor throughout the program to ensure your progress and to meet your personal and professional goals.
To find out more about the program, contact Leanne Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or Zinnia Mukherjee at Zinnia.Mukherjee@simmons.edu.
The career outlook for graduates with advanced degrees in public policy is bright. According to the 2010-11 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, employment growth within the federal government is projected to grow much faster than average. The MPP degree qualifies you to work in many different capacities within government, as well as the nonprofit and private sectors.
Careers that Change the World
There are many rewarding routes you can take with this degree combination. Some possibilities include:
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