2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Leadership, MA

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The MA in Public Leadership program uses a hybrid approach with online instruction augmented with five in-person seminars over the course of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in writing, research, statistics, analysis, and oral presentation suitable for political and policy professionals
  • Comprehend theoretical models and concepts of democratic participation and accountability, as well as current policy challenges, and demonstrate the capacity to apply these lessons in real-world settings
  • Apply knowledge gained in the classroom to various political settings in the community
  • Understand the nature of political power, mechanisms for aggregating interests, and how to influence the process in an ethical manner
  • Interact with politicians as well as professionals from fields including campaigns, advocacy, community organizing, strategic communications, public policy, and public service

Major Requirements (32 units)

Elective Courses (14 units)

14 units of electives are required.

Additional considerations

Two In-Person Electives Required: In addition to the two mandatory in-person courses as well as the in-person requirement of the Capstone Course, students must complete at least two MAPL elective courses in person. Recognizing that many of our students are required to serve on short notice, this requirement may be waived with program director approval.

Credit for Other USF Graduate Courses: In reaching the 32 units required to graduate, students may count up to 4 units from other USF graduate programs, and more than 4 units with program director approval.

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