Public Policy Degree Programs
Advance your career in government with Liberty’s Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP).
Learn how to master the details of the policy-making process and understand the theoretical underpinnings of American democracy. Giving you a unique blend of theoretical and applied knowledge, the MAPP emphasizes the importance and qualities of Christian statesmanship.
With this degree, you will have the option of writing a graduate thesis, which can serve to highlight your expertise in a particular policy area.
Public Policy Degree and Certificate Offerings
Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.)
M.A.P.P. Cognate – Campaigns and Elections
Become a leader in political campaigning as you study the powerful techniques of effective marketing, communication, and writing.
M.A.P.P. Cognate – International Affairs
Get equipped to lead in the field of International Affairs. Focus on strategic intelligence, foreign policy, international law, and more.
M.A.P.P. Cognate – Leadership
Gain the critical thinking and communication skills integral to your success in public policy leadership positions at any level of government.
M.A.P.P. Cognate – Middle East Affairs
Prepare for success as you study the political and social culture of the Middle East. Gain skills and knowledge as you study Middle East law & policy, political philosophy, and more.
M.A.P.P. Cognate – Policy Studies
Learn how to identify, evaluate, address, and develop proposed solutions to public policy challenges.
M.A.P.P. Cognate – Public Administration
Enhance your leadership and management skills as you increase your understanding of social issues.
Ph.D. in Public Policy
Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Enhance your understanding of today’s issues with a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy. Courses in Economics & Public Policy, Political Philosophy, and American Governance will develop your career skills in the fields of politics, government, and public administration.
Study the Principles of Statesmanship
Gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to manage public affairs in your career. The MAPP program offers principles of statesmanship in the policy arena. Get graduate-level training that is designed to impact the world by training Christ-centered statesmen.
Customize Your Program with Online Cognates
Tailor your MAPP degree to fit your career interests. Online cognates include:
- Campaigns and Elections
- International Affairs
- Middle East Affairs
- Public Administration
Get Your MAPP Degree in One Year
With our 36 credit hour program, you can finish your degree in one year by taking your courses in fall, spring, and summer semesters.
The optional thesis track lets you decide if you want to write and defend a thesis or take additional elective courses.
Did You Know?
Professor of Government
With specializations in Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise, State and Local Government, Political Economy and Public Policy, among others, Dr. Ferdon brings to the classroom a vast amount of political knowledge.
Her educational background has been combined with life-changing missionary experiences and teaching positions in many interesting and intriguing parts of the world.
Department Chair for Doctoral Programs and Research
Dr. Fischer’s areas of specialty include Organizational Leadership, Public Policy Analysis, and Statesmanship.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Fischer has served as a field director for a Congressional race and has provided organizational leadership training and consulting.
Associate Professor of Government
Dr. Prentice graduated from the University of Florida with a Ph.D. in Political Science. She is currently engaged in research on faith and American foreign policy.
Some of her areas of specializations include American Foreign Policy, Political Geography, International Relations, and National Security Law.
Courses You Could Take
Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy
Broadly study the philosophical, intellectual, political, and cultural influences on Western Society and examine the manner in which those influences have been and are being reflected in American Public Policy. More specifically, you will examine the manner in which various worldviews affect American Public Policy, with particular emphasis on the contrast between the Judeo-Christian worldview and Secular Humanism, Marxism/Leninism, and Islamic Fundamentalism.
Economics & Public Policy
Study markets and market failure, the effects of public policy on economics, the effects of economics on public policy, and the role of government in economic issues particularly in the areas of trade, enterprise, debt, and taxation from a biblical worldview. The class emphasizes the Judeo-Christian foundations and principles of economic activity.
Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance
Examine the fundamentals and characteristics of diligent, principle-based servant leadership from a Judeo-Christian perspective. This course will be as practical as it is philosophical.
Introduction to Geopolitics & International Diplomacy
Provides a Judeo-Christian perspective on international affairs; American foreign policy; international governments, groups, organizations, and coalitions. Get insight on sovereignty issues, the influence of Christianity and competing worldviews on the changing global arena, and the role of America in the world.