Pacific and McGeorge School of Law now offer an accelerated pathway to a Master in Public Policy. You will major in political science and minor in public policy to earn a bachelor of arts degree in three-and-a-half years. If you meet GPA requirements, you are guaranteed admission to McGeorge where you can earn your master's degree in a year-and-a-half.

McGeorge was the first law school to offer a master's degree in public policy. The program offers a foundation in law and focuses on developing the quantitative analytical skills used in formulating public policy.

You must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific undergraduate cumulative and school/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree and a 3.0 in the Master of Public Policy degree.

Pacific and McGeorge School of Law now offer an accelerated pathway to a Master in Public Policy. You will major in political science and minor in public policy to earn a bachelor of arts degree in three-and-a-half years. If you meet GPA requirements, you are guaranteed admission to McGeorge where you can earn your master's degree in a year-and-a-half.

McGeorge was the first law school to offer a master's degree in public policy. The program offers a foundation in law and focuses on developing the quantitative analytical skills used in formulating public policy.

You must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific undergraduate cumulative and school/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree and a 3.0 in the Master of Public Policy degree.

Note: Acceptance into the graduate portion of this blended program is conditional on (a) completion of all undergraduate program requirements by the end of the seventh semester at Pacific and (b) a minimum 3.0 cumulative Pacific undergraduate GPA.

I. General Education Requirements

Minimum 42 units and 12 courses that include:

PACS 001 What Is a Good Society (4)
PACS 002 Topical Seminar on a Good Society (4)
PACS 003 What is an Ethical Life? (3)

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete two additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences

IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
IB. U.S. Studies
IC. Global Studies

Arts and Humanities

IIA. Language and Literature
IIB. Worldviews and Ethics
IIC. Visual and Performing Arts

Natural Science and Mathematics

IIIA. Natural Sciences
IIIB. Mathematics and Formal Logic
IIIC. Science, Technology and Society or a second IIIA Natural Sciences course

Note: 1) No more than two courses from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.


II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)

Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

IV. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

  • Writing
  • Quantitative analysis

V. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

VI. Political Science Major Requirements*

Minimum 14 courses that include:

POLS 011 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
- or -
POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics (4)
POLS 021 Introduction to Political Theory (4)
POLS 041 U.S. Government and Politics (4)
POLS 051 Introduction to International Relations (4)
POLS 133 Political Science Research (4)
POLS 189 Capstone Seminar (4)

Minimum 2 units from one of the following orientation courses:

INTL 151 Cross-Cultural Training I **
POLS 081 Career and Internship Preparation

Minimum 3 units from the following experiential learning courses: *** 3–4

POLS 187A Political Science Internship
POLS 187C Pre-Law Internship
POLS 197 Undergraduate Research
JCTR 187 Community Affairs Internship
JCTR 197A/197B Community Independent Research
SACR 187 Sacramento Experience Internship
WASH 187 Washington Semester Internship

Six upper-division courses with at least one course in four of the following subfields: 12

US Government and Politics
POLS 104 Urban Government
POLS 106 California Government and Politics
POLS 112 Congress and the Presidency
POLS 114 Political Parties and Interest Groups
POLS 116 Political Parties and Interest Groups
POLS 119 Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
POLS 128 Introduction to Public Administration

Public Law
POLS 120 Courts and Judicial Behavior
POLS 122 Constitutional Law
POLS 124 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
POLS 126 Criminal Law

Political Theory
POLS 130 Ancient to Medieval Political Theory
POLS 132 Modern to Contemporary Political Theory
POLS 134 American Political Thought
POLS 136 Jurisprudence

Comparative Politics
POLS 141 Western European Comparative Politics
POLS 146 Latin American Politics
POLS 148 Politics of the Middle East
POLS 150 Political Development
POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics
POLS 152 Politics of Asia

International Relations
POLS 160 Theories of International Politics
POLS 162 International Organization
POLS 164 International Political Economy
POLS 166 International Conflict and Conflict Management
POLS 168 Comparative Foreign Policy
POLS 170 U.S. Foreign Policy
POLS 172 Inter-American Relations

* Students must (1) complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.5 and (2) must complete the capstone project individually and receive a minimum grade of B+ in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in political science with departmental honors.

** Only those who participate in an approved study-abroad program may take INTL 151-Cross-Cultural Training I.

*** You may meet the political science major's experiential learning requirement by participating in an approved education abroad program. Any SABD (education abroad) course may be used to satisfy the experiential learning requirement.

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053 Introductory Microeconomics
SOCI 041 Social Problems

One of the following Political Science courses


POLS 119 Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
POLS 128 Introduction to Public Administration

Four of the following courses, with at least one each coming from the sociology and the economics sets.

Economics courses (at least one)
ECON 131 Public Finance
ECON 157 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
ECON 180 Labor Economics
ECON 183 Health Economics

Sociology courses (at least one)
SOCI 111 Environment and Society
SOCI 125 Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCI 127 Family and Marriage
SOCI 133 Criminology

Other Public Affairs courses
COMM 117 Public Advocacy
COMM 143 Intercultural Communication
HIST 132 American Immigration
HIST 133 Women in United States History
HIST 136 American Environmental History
INTL 174 Global Environmental Policy
POLS 162 International Organization
POLS 170 U.S. Foreign Policy

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

Minimum of 15 courses to include:

LAW 212 Introduction to Legal Analysis
LAW 517 Statutes and Regulations
PUB 218 Professional Skills
PUB 211 Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain
PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity
PUB 214 Budgets, Financial Management
PUB 222 Finance for Public Policies
PUB 234 Advanced Policy Analytics
PUB 241 Leaders, Organization Behavior
PUB 242 Systemic Change
PUB 252 Strategic Public Management
or
PUB 215 A Complex Public Policy Case
PUB 291 Externship


Completion of one of the following areas of concentration:

Environmental and Water Policy (at least 9 units total)

At least one of the following (other may be elective)

LAW 230 Water Resources Law (3)
LAW 507 Environmental Law (3)
LAW 235 Environmental Practice (3)
LAW 307 Water and Enviro Research Seminar (2-3)
LAW 500 Administrative Law (3)
LAW 501 CA Environmental Cases and Places (2)
LAW 509 Special Topics (2–3)
LAW 510 Natural Resources (3)
PUB 219 Directed Research (1–3)

Capital Policy Making (10 units total)

LAW 513 California Lobbying & Politics (2)
LAW 576 Introduction to Capitol Lawyering (2)
LAW 822 Lawmaking in California (2)

And four units from among the following to total 10 units):

LAW 853 Legislative Clinic (Fall and Spring) (2+2)
LAW 568 California Initiative Seminar (2)
LAW 567 Election Law (2)

Public and Non-Profit Leadership (at least 9 units total)

One of the following:

LAW 101 Contracts/Analytical Skills (4)
LAW 110 Contracts (4)
LAW 500 Administrative Law (3)

At least five more units (to total at least nine within the concentration) from the following:

LAW 209 Local Agencies Practice (2)
LAW 513 California Lobbying & Politics (2)
LAW 560 Land Use Planning (2)
LAW 561 Representing Local Agencies (1)
LAW 802 Negotiations & Settlements (2-3)
LAW 822 Lawmaking in California (2)
LAW 826 Negotiating Disputes into Deals (2)
PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity (MPA students only) (3)

During the summer after spring one, you will participate in a required internship with a policy focus.

 

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