Curriculum Comparison Tables

How Master’s programs differ in distribution of instruction by type of subject and core competencies (2015 data)

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 estimates made in 2015 of the amount of instruction received by a typical student presented with the each program’s offering of required and elective courses in the academic year 2014-15.

  • 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 data used in these tables comes from observations made in 2015. The PEACO calculations shown below use the former 33 subject nomenclature which had recently 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 did 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



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


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


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

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


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


UK Programs


European, Asian and South American programs


Australian and New Zealand programs


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

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