Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.)



Stony Brook University's Master of Arts in Public Policy prepares students to take a wide variety of leadership roles in the growing field of public policy. Among the many opportunities that await graduates of this program are staff and managerial positions in executive, legislative or judicial agencies at the local, state, national and international level; work on behalf of candidates for public office; positions in public policy journalism; work for private, non-profit and advocacy organizations; leadership roles in civic associations; or advanced graduate study. For students entering the public policy field for the first time, the program offers training and credentials to launch their careers; for those already working in the field, the program will enhance their skills and credentials. Graduates of the program will be joining alumni that have established highly successful careers in many public policy venues, who are also available to assist them with employment and career counseling.


Course of Study

The MAPP program combines rigorous instruction in key components of public policy development with detailed analysis of specific public policy issues and fieldwork. The program's core required courses teach skills in political, economic, quantitative and organizational analysis, with a practical focus on the solutions to complex public policy problems. With this foundation, students take one or more courses in a specialized concentration and a related internship or research assignment. The entire program of 30 credit hours can be completed in one calendar year by full-time students, and within two years by those attending part-time.

We also  offer an accelerated BA/MA program that can be completed in five years, as well as specialized MAPP dual degrees with Public Health and Business administration. 


The Students 

Students in the MAPP program come from numerous academic backgrounds including those with undergraduate majors in the arts and sciences, health professions, engineering and architecture. Many students come to the program with extensive prior experience in government or the professions. The curriculum structure and scheduling of courses is designed to accommodate candidates with a broad range of interests and experiences, and to permit those that are working to earn their degree while continuing to pursue their current career.


The Curriculum

MAPP completion entails 30 credits, comprised of Required Foundation courses (12 credits), Advanced Policy courses (9 credits recommended), an optional policy concentration (3 credits recommended), and a 6 credit internship or research paper.

Required Core Courses (3 credits each)
Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Introduction to Statistics for Public policy
Intermediate Statistics for Public policy
Administrative Law for Policy Analysts

Advanced Policy Courses (3 credits each)
Public Budgeting and Finance
Public Management and Organizational Behavior
Personnel Systems for Public Policy
Data applications in Public Policy
Survey Research for Public Policy

Possible Concentrations (3 credits each)
Regional Planning
Environmental Politics and Planning
Health Policy (offered by the School of Health Technology and Management)
Concentration elective (with program approval)

Capstone Experience (6 credits)
Internship in Public Policy (Internship Guidelines)
Master's Paper



The MAPP program is housed in one of the country's leading departments of political science, ranked among the top five in research and publications, with a faculty comprised of nationally recognized scholars and highly experienced public policy professionals. In addition, the program draws on faculty resources from other prestigious Stony Brook programs in health policy, business, economics and education.

Leonie Huddy: Professor. Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1988. Research Interests: Political Attitudes; Groups and Politics; Socio-political Gerontology; Women and Politics; Survey Methodology.

Lee Koppelman: Leading Professor. Ph.D., New York University, 1967. Research Interests: Comprehensive Regional and Urban Planning; Environmental Planning; Intergovernmental Relations and American Federalism; Coastal Zone Planning and Analysis.

Matthew Lebo: Assistant Professor. Ph.D., University of North Texas, 1999. Research Interests: American Politics; Comparative Politics; Political Methodology (with emphasis on Public Opinion, Voting Behavior, and Time-Series Analysis).

Peter Salins: University Professor and Program Director. Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1969. Research Interests: Higher Education Policy; Housing, Economic Development; Immigration; Urban and Regional Planning.

Harold Withers: Deputy Director of Planning for Suffolk County. Ph.D. Fordham University. Interests: Public policy; Federalism.


Graduate Admissions Information  -  MA

Political Science Graduate Admissions - MA

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