MPP Speaker Series: Students Learn About Specializations at MSU

Last week, six representatives spoke to the Masters of Public Policy students about their programs’ graduate specializations. Electives are a great opportunity to take advantage of coursework in other departments and work towards earning one of these specializations. Many students find that electives help them specialize in a particular area of policy or prepare for their final capstone project.

Specialization from CASID (Center for Advanced Study of International Development) – Dr. John Kerr

Core faculty member Dr. John Kerr of the Center for Advanced Study of International Development discussed CASID’s graduate specialization. Students with an interest in international development, economics, or foreign policy may be especially interested in this option.

Students enrolled in this specialization must complete two required courses, including a core course, in addition to two other courses related to international development. In many cases, assignments in CASID’s courses can be tailored towards students’ specific interests.

Graduate Certificate in Chicano and Latino Studies – Dr. Eric Juenke

CLS Director and Political Science faculty Dr. Eric Juenke shared details of the Graduate Certificate in Chicano and Latino Studies. Three required courses and one elective make up this specialization, which highlights theories and information related to Chicano and Latino studies. Students may choose a policy related course as their elective, if its content is directed or can be adapted to the specialization’s focus.

This flexible certificate program may also be of interest to students who would like to study education, population migration, or immigration.

Doctoral Program in Education Policy – Dr. Joshua Cowen

Dr. Joshua Cowen discussed the Education Policy doctoral program at the College of Education. Students interested in education policy and leadership may want to consider advancing their education with this degree. The curriculum includes extensive coursework on education and policy, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.

Students with a variety of interests may consider taking education courses related to policy to expand their knowledge of these issues and better understand what the PhD program has to offer.

Environmental Science and Policy Doctoral Specialization – Karessa Weir

Advisor and Communications and Outreach Specialist Karessa Weir shared information about the doctoral specialization from the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Students earning a PhD in a number of MSU’s doctoral programs may be interested in obtaining this valuable interdisciplinary specialization.

In addition, MPP students can gain valuable knowledge by enrolling in associated courses for their electives. The ESPP also holds many interesting events throughout the year, including an upcoming research symposium on November 11th.

Specializations from the Center for Gender in Global Context – Dr. Marisa Rinkus

Core faculty member Dr. Marisa Rinkus spoke for the Center for Gender in Global Context. Three specializations are available through the GenCen: Gender, Justice and Environmental Change (GJEC), Women’s and Gender Studies, and International Development (in conjunction with CASID). The courses required, including two electives, emphasize the interdisciplinary study of gender across the globe.

These specializations allow some flexibility in course choice and many involve important policy issues. While a background in gender studies or feminist scholarship is recommended, all students can benefit from these courses.

Specialization from the Global Urban Studies Program – Dr. Laura Reese

Dr. Laura Reese spoke with students about the Global Urban Studies specialization. Students with an interest in many areas of urban policy, especially its international context, may consider enrolling in GUSP courses. MPP coursework may meet some of the requirements to earn this specialization, which is available to both Masters and PhD students.

Students may find GUSP coursework valuable in increasing their knowledge of cities and globalization. In some cases, coursework may be adapted towards students’ particular areas of interest.
Thank you to all of our speakers for attending our event!



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