Online Master of Arts in Policy Advocacy

Make your mark on the world by becoming a policy changemaker. Graduates of the master’s in policy advocacy online program can go on to become influential and impactful agents of change by working with stakeholders and policymakers in the public, private and government sectors.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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What is policy advocacy?

Essentially, policy advocacy is the influencing of decision makers in an ethical manner. This advocacy can come in a variety of forms depending on what sector you’re working in. You may be in the business of advocating to stakeholders at private companies and driving the direction of their business. Or you could advocate to legislators and other elected officials to influence the making of laws.

What will I learn in a masters policy advocacy degree?

 

This graduate program prepares professionals to become effective policy changemakers. You’ll be prepared to directly impact change in our world by developing the skills, abilities and understanding of how our political and legal world operates, how to create and analyze public policy, and how you can be an influential and impactful change agent.

You’ll come to understand both the role of public policy and how it relates to policy advocacy, and also how to effectively communicate public policy to appropriate stakeholders. Additionally, students will learn analytical and methodological techniques to evaluate public policy strategies and determine their effectiveness in solving policy issues from an empirical standpoint.

Is policy advocacy master degree online worth it?

 

This policy advocacy master degree program is worth it because ethical, skilled policy advocacy professionals are in demand to represent all sections of society including nonprofit, private, and public sectors. This applied degree is oriented to those interested in acquiring the necessary skills to become effective agents of policy change by creating opportunities to increase the professionalism of individuals who can represent these concerns at all levels.

Expertise and knowledge are required to navigate increasingly complex legal, communication, political, and policy landscapes, and effectively create societal change. This has prompted various groups to use knowledgeable professionals to champion concerns, and influence opinion, laws, and policies ranging from local to international.

Policy advocacy courses

You will take required courses focusing on public policy analysis and advocacy. You’ll also choose electives from two categories. You’ll choose four electives focused on advocacy, communication and change (Elective category 1). You’ll also take three electives from a variety of policy focuses (Elective category 2).


Required

Public Policy Analysis


Required

Public Policy and Advocacy


Required

Applied Project


Elective category 1

Community and Social Innovations


Elective category 1

Defining the Digital Audience


Elective category 1

Social Entrepreneurship


Elective category 1

Community Conflict Resolution


Elective category 1

Nonprofit Marketing and Communication


What jobs will I get with a policy advocacy master’s degree?

Typical career paths for graduates of this program include a variety of policy advocacy roles in the public, private and governmental sectors.

Lobbyists.

Governmental and intergovernmental relations officers.

Policy analysts.

Legislative analysts.

Communication directors and legislative assistants.

Study with award winning faculty members

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Study with award winning faculty members

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Policy advocacy master’s degree admission requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts in policy advocacy must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

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