NYU Wagner Public Service Curriculum Project

… see also Atlas Core Curriculum Project

Click for Light’s webpage at NYU

An analysis of the public administration, public policy, and public service curricula led by Professor Paul Light

A fascinating new project led by NYU’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Paul C. Light, has as its objective:

“to produce a comprehensive analysis of the public administration, public policy, and public service curricula currently used by the top 32 schools of public service education, as rated by U.S. News & World Report. The Project will utilize machine learning and other advanced analytical tools to develop and validate the core characteristics of the top public service graduate programs, while exploring variations across the characteristics based on faculty expertise, curricular pillars, learning platforms, degree programs, and student post-graduate employment preferences …”
[communication from the author]

Professor Light has enlisted the Atlas co-editors to share our perspectives and data from the Atlas of Public Management. This page provides links to some of the most relevant Atlas pages and will be available to the NYU Wagner Public Service Curriculum Project for posting any material that the project managers wish to share with Atlas readers.

Atlas pages on the 32 schools

The 32 schools being examined by the project are those ranked in 2019 as Best Public Affairs Programs by U.S. News and World Report (at https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/public-affairs-rankings, accessed 27 February 2020). They are listed with their Atlas page links in Table 1. Most of the Atlas pages were created in 2015 and some are on the “old Atlas.” The material on the table below can be found on Programs Page with Links to Old Atlas.

Table 1. Top 30 from U.S. News and World Report’s
ranking of Best Public Affairs Programs
Indiana SPEA – Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]

Syracuse Maxwell – Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, MPA

Harvard Kennedy – Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, MPP and MPA

USC Price – University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy, MPA and MPP

Georgia SPIA – University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), MPA [Online Syllabi]

Washington Evans – University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, MPA

NYU Wagner – New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, MPA [Online Syllabi]

Berkeley Goldman – University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, MPP

Michigan Ford – University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]

Princeton Wilson – Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, MPA, MPP

Chicago Harris – University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, MPP

Minnesota Humphrey – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, MPP

Texas Johnson – The University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, MPAff (Master of Public Affairs)

American SPA – American University, School of Public Affairs, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]

Arizona State SPA – Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs, MPP and MPA

Carnegie Heinz – Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College, Master of Science in Public Policy and Management

George Washington Trachtenberg – George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, MPP and MPA [Online Syllabi]

Ohio Glenn – Ohio State University, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]

UCLA Luskin – University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs, MPP [Online Syllabi]

Kansas SPAA – University of Kansas, School of Public Affairs and Administration, MPA

Columbia SIPA – Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, MPA, MIA

Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies [no Atlas page but see https://aysps.gsu.edu/program/public-policy-m-p-p/ and https://aysps.gsu.edu/program/public-administration-mpa/]

Albany Rockefeller – State University of New York at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, MPA [Online Syllabi]

Duke Sanford – Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, MPP

Florida Askew – Florida State University, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, MPA [Online Syllabi]

Georgetown – Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, MPP, MIDP, MPM

Colorado SPA – University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]

University of Kentucky, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration [no Atlas page but see https://martin.uky.edu/master-public-administration-mpa and https://martin.uky.edu/master-public-policy]

Maryland SPP – University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, MPP and MPM [Online Syllabi]

University of Nebraska-Omaha, School of Public Administration [no Atlas page but see https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/public-administration/academics/mpa.php]

Wisconsin La Follette – University of Wisconsin, Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs, MPA [Online Syllabi]

Work at The Volcker Alliance

The Volcker Alliance (see https://www.volckeralliance.org/) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Paul A. Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. In 2018 it published Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service – What the Next Generation Needs. An analysis of how the specific skills identified in this report compare with typologies of skills and knowledge derived from MPP/MPA curricula and from government standards can be found at Volcker Alliance Next Generation Skills – Academic and Professional Context.

Other work on the curricular content of MPP and MPA programs

A complete list of journal articles, working papers, and conference presentations drawing on Atlas-related research can be found at Publications and Presentations, the two most recent are:

Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark (2016), Teaching public policy: Global convergence or difference?, Policy and Society, Volume 35, Issue 4, December 2016, pp 283-297. <Taylor & Francis abstract>

Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark (2016), The MPA/MPP in the Anglo-democracies: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” Policy and Society, Volume 35, Issue 4, December 2016, pp 299-313. <Taylor & Francis abstract>

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 27 February 2020.

Image: Défi métiers, at https://www.defi-metiers.fr/breves/unifaf-ile-de-france-et-defi-metiers-signent-une-convention-de-partenariat, accessed 12 March 2016.