Curriculum Comparison Tables

How Master’s programs differ in distribution of instruction by type of subject and core competencies

There are substantial differences in the course offerings for programs leading to a similarly named credential (an MPP, an MPA, or a similarly named degree). This page presents our estimates of the amount of instruction received by a typical student presented with the each program’s offering of required and elective courses.

  • Curricular Type Parameters displays the numbers found in Program Rankings by Curricular Characteristics and used to categorize programs in to curricular types in MPP/MPA Curricular Types.
  • Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution displays the proportion of instruction that we estimate a typical student would receive in specific subjects, using the technique described in the PEACO Algorithm to account for elective and required courses.
  • Competency Gap Analysis compares the course-weeks of instruction received by the typical student in core subjects with the number of course-weeks that we estimate (see MPP/MPA Core Competencies) are needed in these subjects to meet the standards set by NASPAA and UNDESA/IASIA.
  • Additional Parameters displays information on total courses offered, electives usually taken, and information on courses used in Comparisons with International Affairs Programs.

Below are ten tables – two for Canadian programs, five for American programs, one for the UK, one for Europe and Asia, and one for Australia and New Zealand.

NOTE: The PEACO calculations shown below still use the 33 subject nomenclature which has been slightly modified to a 34 subject nomenclature by splitting the former Policy and Management Analysis into two subjects (Policy Analysis and Process; Implementation and Delivery) and renaming Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (to Governance and Institutions). These changes do not substantially effect the quantitative results for distribution of subject matter among domains, or between management-oriented and policy-oriented designations.

Canadian programs: [C]algary to [O]ttawa

PEACO-Calgary-Ottawa2

 

Canadian programs: [Q]ueen’s to [Y]ork

PEACO-Queens-York

American programs: [A]lbany to [D]uke

PEACO-Albany-Duke

American programs: [F]lorida State to [K]ansas

American programs: [M]aryland to [O]regon
PEACO-Maryland-OregonAmerican programs: [P]ittsburgh to [U] Minnesota

PEACO-Pittsburgh-UMN

American programs: [U] Illinois to [W]isconsin

PEACO-UIC-Wisconsin

UK Programs

PEACO-UK

European, Asian and South American programs

PEACO-Europe-Asia

Australian and New Zealand programs

PEACO-Australia-NZ

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 9 April 2016.

Image: from the Atlas-generated tables on this page on 12 December 2015.