Brown Page Content 1Master of Social Policy CurriculumThe Master of Social Policy is a yearlong, 31-credit program. Twelve credit hours earned in your primary degree program (e.g. MSW or MPH) are applied toward the completion of the MSP degree, resulting in 43 credit hour MSP program. The program provides a strong groundwork in the skills necessary for a variety of policy-related careers, with the flexibility to allow students to pursue their own interests and goals. Foundation Courses: 15 Credits, 5 Courses in 5 Foundation Areas Students must complete the minimum requirement course in each foundation area, unless it has already been completed as part of their additional master's program. Economics Minimum requirement: Economics of Social Welfare Additional courses available, if minimum requirement is already complete: Benefit-Cost Analysis for Social and Public Policy Evaluation Public and Applied Economics Health Economics Economic Realities of the American Dream Policy Analysis Minimum requirement: Social Policy Analysis and Evaluation Additional courses available, if minimum requirement is already complete: Policy Impact Assessment Policy Design LabPolitics of Policy Minimum requirement (Select one of the four below): Policy and Advocacy in the Three Branches of Government Influencing Policy Implementation Domestic Social and Economic Development International Social and Economic Development PolicyManagement Minimum requirement: Public Administration, Finance and Government Budgeting OR Management and Leadership in OrganizationsAdditional courses available, if minimum requirement is already complete: Managing PeopleOther courses as approvedStatistics Minimum Requirement: Biostatistics Additional courses available, if minimum requirement is already complete: Applied Linear Modeling SHORT INTENSIVES: 4 credits; Select 1 or 2-credit coursesExample courses: Hands-on Meta-Analysis: From Beginning to Advanced Practical Statistics and Causal Methods for Social Policy Comparative Governance and Politics Creating an Accessible Community for People with Disabilities Authentic Advocacy: Relationships, Environment and Self Social Entrepreneurship Policy in AsiaElectives: 9 credits You can use your electives to tailor your degree to the area you are most interested in, such as aging, refugees, health, children and youth, poverty, statistical analysis, etc. Select from courses in areas including Current Issues and Policy Topics; Skills & Analysis; Program and Policy Development; Economic and Business Development; Leadership and Management; and Skill Lab Courses.INTERNSHIP: 3 Credits (360 Hours) Following their time in the classroom, students complete a full-time, 3-credit-hour internship (typically May through August), selecting placements from a variety of leading non-profit organizations, government agencies, policy think tanks or legislative offices. Through real-world experience, students put knowledge into action through significant opportunities for policy analysis, implementation, and/or practice. The MSP program, in close partnership with the Office of Field Education, engages with policy partner organizations and affiliated sites. Students research, apply for, and finalize their placement with support from field education faculty and program advisors. Students have completed their internships in St. Louis, Washington D.C., around the U.S. and globally. Internship placements range in policy issue areas (healthcare, housing, education, disability, criminal justice, etc.) and the policy skills and capacities that students can expect to apply and grow during their experience: analysis and evaluation, drafting legislation, advocacy, research, media and communications, community organizing, strategy and leadership, grant writing and development, statistics, and data analysis. Curriculum and required credit hours are subject to change.