Master of Social Policy Curriculum | Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
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Master of Social Policy Curriculum

The 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.

Five core foundation courses offer training in policy analysis, politics, statistics, economics and management. Students select three electives from 40 classes in the areas such as policy development, economics and business, current issues and special topics in policy, and policy skills and analysis. 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.

Four credits are reserved for short intensive courses of either one or two credits.

Following their time in the classroom, students complete a full-time, 3-credit-hour internship, selecting placements from a variety of leading non-profit organizations, government agencies, policy think tanks or legislative offices. Opportunities exist Washington D.C., St. Louis, and other global locations. The internship provides an opportunity to put knowledge into action through significant policy work and opportunities.

Curriculum and required credit hours are subject to change.