TCNJ to offer Master of Public Policy degree, starting in fall 2023

Playing off its proximity to the New Jersey State House and numerous state agencies and policy organizations in the Trenton-Ewing area, The College of New Jersey announced Tuesday that it will begin offering a master’s degree in public policy, starting in the fall of 2023.

The 36-credit program, which will be housed within the Department of Political Science, will equip students to be effective policy analysts, researchers, advocates and managers in the public, nonprofit and private sectors by providing high-quality methodological training, individualized and group research opportunities and interdisciplinary public policy expertise.

The program is being offered on both a full- and part-time basis. TCNJ undergraduates will have the opportunity to enroll in an accelerated combined B.A./M.A. program, which will allow them to earn both their bachelor’s degree and the Master of Public Policy in five years.

School officials said the school’s location is ideal for providing connections for internship and employment opportunities in New Jersey and the broader mid-Atlantic region.

Dan Bowen, associate professor of political science at TCNJ who will serve as the program’s director, said the potential reach of the program will be huge.

“Public policies at local, state or regional, national and global levels touch every aspect of modern life,” he said. “They shape the economy, structure health, education and criminal justice systems, regulate and control our impact on the environment and land use and affect social equity. Because of their importance, there is substantial demand for well-trained policy experts who understand such complex systems.”

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