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The Public Policy and Leadership program provides graduates with ethical and effective leadership skills.
Public Policy and Leadership


The Public Policy and Leadership program provides students with the knowledge base and leadership skills required in today’s increasingly policy-driven environment. Ethical, effective leadership is a core component woven throughout the program. Engaging, collaborative surroundings foster opportunities for you to build a professional network of colleagues who will become lifelong contacts throughout your career in any public policy venues. Contact us for more information on the JD/Public Policy dual degree.

What are our alumni doing? 

  • Achieving management positions in state, county and municipal agencies
  • Holding policy and communication positions with large public school districts
  • Lobbying in Washington D.C.
  • Pursuing Law and Doctoral degrees
  • Advise corporations on Government relations


What you can earn

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  • Certificate
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)/ Juris Doctorate (J.D.) Dual Degree

 

Where you'll learn

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  • On-campus (St. Thomas)

 

 

 

When you can start

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  • Spring semester begins: February 2, 2015


Questions about this program

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Public Policy and Leadership Program Details

For the Certificate

The legislature, the executive branch of government, administrative agencies, local branches of government, and litigation are all sources of policy development. Students examine these and other sources of policy as well as issues affecting policy development. Case studies of regional policies and their development are examined to provide insight into why some policies are good, some flounder and undergo radical reconstruction and still others never get implemented.

This course focuses on formal and informal procedures, processes and functions of state and federal governmental agencies. Areas considered are the nature of administrative agencies, their authority, agency decision making process, and citizens' right to hearings or other legal redress.

In this course, major issues appropriate for research are assigned to individuals or teams; fieldwork and data collection culminating in the development of a policy proposal and implementation strategy are highlighted. Students, instructors and experts from the field participate in seminars dealing with the proposals.

The goal of this course is for students to gather further experience and expertise in analyzing contemporary policy dilemmas within a specific organizational context. It always serves as an extension of EDLD 843; thus its principal activities include exploration of a previously identified problem, data collection, analysis, and generation of a specific set of strategies for addressing the situation. Prerequisite: EDLD 843.

TOTAL 12 Credits

For the Master of Arts (M.A.)

This course begins the required three-course M.A. or Ed.S. research sequence. After an introductory overview of social research, it emphasizes historical and ethnographic approaches to thinking about collecting and analyzing information. Course activities provide an opportunity to experience doing research using historical and qualitative methods.

This course is the second in the three-course M.A. or Ed.S. research sequence. While it assumes familiarity with historical and qualitative research, it focuses on quantitative data collection within the organizing principle of survey research. The approach taken remains grounded in EDLD 621's emphasis on qualitative and practitioner-oriented approaches to research.

This is the third course in the M.A. or Ed.S. research sequence. It assumes that participants have already constructed and distributed a survey (EDLD 622), which they can use to learn about analysis and interpretation. The course emphasizes the synthesis and critique of survey and other types of data. It also considers the political dimensions of data, analysis and interpretation in detail.

This course examines how educational organizations develop and change and how leaders and followers interact within organizations from several theoretical and conceptual perspectives. Students observe the workings of educational institutions and programs, interview educational leaders, and analyze their own understanding and practice of leadership.

This course emphasizes the responsibility of educators to be attentive to the ethical aspects of relationships and decisions, including those made in the name of the institution. The need for an ethical commitment based on human worth and dignity is stressed. A case-study approach is used to surface ethical issues.

The legislature, the executive branch of government, administrative agencies, local branches of government, and litigation are all sources of policy development. Students examine these and other sources of policy as well as issues affecting policy development. Case studies of regional policies and their development are examined to provide insight into why some policies are good, some flounder and undergo radical reconstruction and still others never get implemented.

This course focuses on formal and informal procedures, processes and functions of state and federal governmental agencies. Areas considered are the nature of administrative agencies, their authority, agency decision making process, and citizens' right to hearings or other legal redress.

In this course, major issues appropriate for research are assigned to individuals or teams; fieldwork and data collection culminating in the development of a policy proposal and implementation strategy are highlighted. Students, instructors and experts from the field participate in seminars dealing with the proposals.

The goal of this course is for students to gather further experience and expertise in analyzing contemporary policy dilemmas within a specific organizational context. It always serves as an extension of EDLD 843; thus its principal activities include exploration of a previously identified problem, data collection, analysis, and generation of a specific set of strategies for addressing the situation. Prerequisite: EDLD 843.

This seminar is designed for students who wish to broaden their understanding of leadership in contemporary society. Students explore commonly held definitions of leadership and move on to an examination of constructive-developmental, phenomenological and social meaning-making interpretations. Students have the opportunity to develop commentaries and individual projects around leadership issues.

A student working with the faculty will design a program of elective study that enhances personal and professional growth.

TOTAL 36 Credits

For the Joint Degree

The University of St. Thomas School of Law and the Department of Leadership, Policy and Administration have teamed up to offer a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Leadership. You will be able to earn both degrees in less time than earning the same two degrees separately. You may take 12 fewer credits in each program, for a total of 24 fewer credits. Please contact us for more information on how to best pursue this dual degree program.

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Pat Jensen is the Director of the Public Policy and Leadership program at the University of St. Thomas.

Pat Jensen

Program Director: Public Policy & Leadership Leadership, Policy and Administration (651) 962-4887
MOH 411 | Opus Hall

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Artika R. Tyner, Ed.D., M.P.P., J.D.

Assistant Professor Leadership, Policy and Administration (651) 962-4386
MOH 337

 
 

Policy Trip to Washington D.C.

The Public Policy Program leads a trip to our nation’s capitol every year, giving students the opportunity to experience policy-making in Washington D.C. Students are able to gain first-hand experience through interviews and meetings with policy makers, lobbyists, staff, organizations and elected and appointed officials.

 

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the area of policy reform, being inspired by change agents in microfinance or simply catching up on the latest qualitative research findings, annual events and conferences sponsored by the department of Leadership, Policy and Administration offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include continuing education units for a variety of professions.  

 

Internships

The internship program gives the student an opportunity to gain experience in a policy arena to develop expertise in analyzing contemporary policy dilemmas within a specific organizational context. This involves exploration of a previously identified problem, data collection, analysis, and generation of a specific set of strategies for addressing the situation. The internship allows for collaboration with an organization supervisor and University of St. Thomas advisor, in which feedback and guidance are provided in the form of dialogues, seminars or individual meetings. Internships can include state or local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and education organizations. Examples of past internships: Metropolitan Council, City of Minneapolis, Office of Secretary of State, Catholic Charities.

 

The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.




Cost

Education (M.A., Ed.S., Certificate, Licensure)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $793.50
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
$150-250
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement

3 | Submit the supplementary materials:

  • Initial Licensure:  MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

  • For Fall Term: June 1
  • For Spring Term: Rolling
  • For Summer Term: May 1

When you can start

  • Fall semester begins September 3, 2014

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