Cornell University

Government, Politics, Policy Studies

MPA Fellows choosing the Government, Politics, and Policy Studies concentration develop an advanced understanding of how politics and political management intersects with policy processes, program development and resource management in the public sector.This concentration, in particular, focuses on the politics of domestic and international policymaking and administrative processes. Fellows in this concentration develop a skills set that allow them to work with elected officials, public managers and citizens to develop actionable policy goals.

Representative Government, Politics, and Policy Studies Coursework

COMM 4200: Public Opinion and Social Process

COMM 6860: Risk Communication

PADM 5619: Politics, Policy, and Political Management

PADM 5130: Legal Aspects of Public Policy

ECON 4290: Economic Analysis of Politics

GOVT 6857: International Political Economy

*Consult the Course Guide for a more comprehensive list of course offerings.

Representative Government, Politics, and Policy Studies Employers (Full Time and Internships)

Atlantic Council of the United States

Booz Allen Hamilton

Congressional Research Service


New York City Mayor's Office of Operations

New York City Office of Management and Budget

Office of New York City Comptroller

UN Office of Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning, and Staffing

US Department of Commerce

US Government Accountability Office

US Securities and Exchange Commission

For more information on opportunities through our Government, Politics, and Policy Studies Concentration:

Jackie Miller, East-West Institute

Capstone Project: Tompkins County