Letter from the Director

Looking ahead to graduation?  Not sure what you’re going to do with your life? Want to make a difference?  Thinking about graduate school?  Interested in a career in government?  

As politics in American becomes even more partisan there is a need for public servants who can take a more objective, non-partisan and balanced perspective to the problems and possible solutions confronted by the American people. The Public Affairs Program is designed to meet that critical need.

The Department of Political Science offers a Master of Arts degree in Political Science with a Certificate in Public Affairs intended for students seeking a career in or near government.  Students take seminars in organizational theory, policy analysis, budgeting, leadership and ethics, research methods, and state, local, and national government.  Students are also encouraged to develop specializations in any number of areas including urban planning, public health, women studies, and non-profit leadership.  Graduates of the program work throughout government and the private sector as administrators, budget analysts, policy wonks, lobbyists, and social activists.


Student have three options in pursuing the Public Affairs Certificate:

** Standard two-year M.A. program

** J.D./M.A. Joint Degree

** Combined B.A./M.A. Program




Dr. David Hedge

Professor and Director,
Public Affairs Program