The Master’s program in Public Policy at Trinity College prepares students broadly for analyzing policy issues. Core courses provide a foundation in empirical and normative analysis, while electives and a capstone policy practicum focus on applied specialization.

The program is designed for full-time students to complete the program in one year.  Completion time for part-time students will depend on their course load each semester.

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Curriculum:  The M.A. in Public Policy consists of 10 course credits.  Students are required to take six core courses, three policy electives, and the capstone policy practicum.   ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Course descriptions are available on the course schedule page​.  You should consult with your academic advisor before registering for courses​.


6 Core Courses

  • ​6 Courses in Analysis, Management, and Ethics (choose 6 of the following 8)
    • PBPL 800. Public Policy: Principles and Practice
    • PBPL 806. Methods & Statistics for Policy Research
    • PBPL 808. Constitutional Foundations of Public Policy
    • PBPL 821.  Law, Policy & Society
    • PBPL 833.  Introduction to Urban Planning
    • PBPL 840. Budget Management in Public Policy
    • PBPL 846. Policy Analysis
    • PBPL 859. Economics of Public Policy
    • PBPL 860. Public Management
    • PBPL 869. Leadership in the Policy Arena

3 Policy Electives

  • Sample of recent electives:
    • PBPL 801.  Community Development Strategies
    • PBPL 802.  Global Cities
    • PBPL 803.  Urban Planning Global Studio
    • PBPL 817.  Education and Immigration in the City
    • PBPL 849. Health Care Regulation and Policy
    • PBPL 850.  Women, Leadership, and Public Policy
    • PBPL 866.  State and Local Policy
    • PBPL 870.  Polarization and Policy-Making

1 Capstone Course

  • PBPL 874. Policy Practicum