Higher Education Policy

The Higher Education Policy track focuses on the public policy functions of higher education. It analyzes how these functions are defined and realized (at the national, regional, international, and global levels); who makes higher education policies; what are the motivations for specific policy approaches and initiatives in higher education; what tools are used; and what their impact is. Students learn to analyze situations and problems in higher education policy and to develop solutions and implementation practices, also taking into consideration the connections between higher education policy and policies in other areas of economic and social life.

MPA students may complete a specialization in Higher Education Policy. To earn a specialization, MPA students must accumulate 12 credits from the list of courses in the track and take two of three specialist Gateway courses. MPA students must take at least two of the following three Gateway courses: Higher Education Policy in the Age of Knowledge Society (2 credits); Economics of Higher Education (2 credits); Higher Education and Public Policy (4 credits).

One-year MAPP students may complete a concentration in Higher Education Policy. To complete a concentration one-year MAPP students must:

  • earn a minimum of 6 course credits in the concentration they have selected and
  • write a thesis (also 6 credits) on a topic related to the same concentration.

To view available courses, please see the course directory here.