Course cover statistics, microeconomics, analytical politics, leadership and management, and various substantive policy areas.

The curriculum for the Evening Master's Program consists of 8 courses over 4 quarters combined with 4 seminars on current topics in public policy. Courses are sequential and tailored to the needs mid-career professions while leveraging our core curriculum, a hallmark of a Harris Public Policy education.

Students will take 2 full-credit courses and one quarter-credit seminar course every quarter. The full-credit courses meet once per week in the evenings. The quarter-credit seminars meet one Saturday per quarter.

Course work covers the following areas:

Data Analytics Sequence

  • PPHA 58001 - Data Analytics I: Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy

  • PPHA 58002 - Data Analytics II: Introduction to Program Evaluation

This sequence is meant to give students a foundation in statistical methods of analysis. The first course provides an introduction to quantitative analysis, with a particular focus on the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate quantitative claims and think about how to generate more credible evidence. The goal of the second course is to introduce students to program evaluation and provide an overview of current issues and methods to evaluate a program's impact.

Leadership and Negotiations

  • PPHA 58050 - Leadership and Negotiations

This course complements the technical skills students build in the rest of their courses. The first set of classes will present various leadership styles and provide candidates with practical recommendations to enhance their own leadership style. Subsequent lectures will discuss negotiation strategies and tactics and provide students with the tools to help them prepare for and succeed in negotiations. Finally, students will study effective approaches for advocacy and lobbying.

Economic Analysis Sequence

  • PPHA 58101 - Economic Analysis I: Microeconomics

  • PPHA 58102 - Economic Analysis II: Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis

  • PPHA 58103 - Economic Analysis III: Public Finance and Budgeting

The economics component of the curriculum includes three courses, beginning with Microeconomics and an emphasis on understanding markets, market failures, and welfare analysis. The second course, Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis, will teach students how to evaluate a cost-benefit analysis and the benefits of incorporating a cost-benefit analysis into their work. The third course will emphasize state and local public financial issues, with a strong focus on budget policies.

Analytical Politics Sequence

  • PPHA 58201 - Analytical Politics I: Foundations

  • PPHA 58202 - Analytical Politics II: Politics and Policy Making

The first course in this sequence will introduce students to political philosophy, basic game theory, strategic sources of social dilemmas, and foundational problems in governance. The second course in the sequence will focus on how U.S. political institutions shape and constrain domestic policymaking. Together, these courses will give students an analytical lens with which they can understand public policy and influence change in policy.

Current Topics Seminars (4)

  • PPHA 59100 - Current Topics in Public Policy I

  • PPHA 59200 - Current Topics in Public Policy II

  • PPHA 59300 - Current Topics in Public Policy III

  • PPHA 59400 - Current Topics in Public Policy IV

These four seminar-style classes will focus on different policy areas. Examples include energy policy, health policy, education policy, social policy, child development, conflict and national security, economic and political development, electoral administration, and political reform. Topics will change from year-to-year depending on instructor and current events.