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Encyclopedia > Master of Public Affairs

The Master of Public Affairs (M.P.Aff. or M.P.A.) a part of public affairs degrees, historically has been a master level professional degree offered in public policy schools that provides training in public policy and the operation of government, similar to a Master of Public Policy. The two best known types of degrees in public affairs are the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) and the Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.). Other degrees include the Master of Public Management (M.P.M.) and the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.Aff. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... A professional degree or professional membership is an academic degree designed to prepare the holder for a particular career or profession, fields where scholarly research and academic activity are not the work, but rather a profession such as law, medicine, logistics, optometry, architecture, accounting, engineering, religious ministry, or education. ... Public policy schools teach students policy analysis/policy studies, public policy, public administration, and public affairs. ... Public policy is a course of action or inaction chosen by public authorities to address a problem. ... The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) is a professional Masters degree that traditionally provided training in policy analysis and program evaluation at public policy schools. ...

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  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

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Public action is formulated and implemented by and within complex, multi-level systems of individual and collective actors located in the private as well as in the public sector and linked by strategic interdependencies.
Public affairs actors are frequently managers of public sector institutions.
In a society with a surfeit of information, the presentation of information and its communication to the public, to active public and private sector organizations, and to the media, is essential to making the difference between effective and ineffective policy leaders and managers.
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