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Design, manage, and analyze governance reforms around the world.

Governance and International Public Management Governance and International Public Management

Improve lives across cultures and borders.

Explore how changes in government policies and management techniques can make the dream of prosperity a reality in developing countries.

Areas of Focus

  • Economics of development
  • Human rights
  • International trade and finance
  • Political and institutional analysis
  • Public and nonprofit management

Internship Experiences

Gain experience working in a global context in organizations that deliver services that address fundamental societal challenges. Prior to graduation, you’ll also complete a 300-hour internship at an approved site.

Previous Internship Sites

  • U.S. Department of State
  • American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China
  • ACA Compliance Group
  • Magee Womancare International 
  • World Bank
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Career Paths

Use your analytical and management skills to take on leadership roles at public and nonprofit organizations that meet the diverse and changing needs of communities around the world.

Potential Workplaces

  • United Nations
  • U.S. Agency for International Development 
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Nonprofits like Save the Children, Counterpart International, and the International Literacy Association
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Major Courses and Plans of Study

As a major in governance and international public management, you’ll choose from a range of core major courses tailored to your interests, as well as taking a set of required degree courses. To understand the different requirements for the MPA and MID degrees with this major, compare their plans of study.

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Featured Courses

  • Study the dynamics of governance, with a primary focus on democracy at the local level. You’ll explore the nexus between theories of governance and their practical implications on political behavior, from formal institutions to socially based units. 

  • Examine the management of organizations working in international development and humanitarian assistance, with a focus on NGO management. You’ll gain theoretical and practical frameworks for analyzing management challenges and generating relevant recommendations, and you’ll develop transferable skills needed for jobs in international development. 

  • Focus on the political incentives and constraints faced by policymakers as they seek to develop and implement public policy. Our goal is to understand the institutional environment in which politicians and policymakers operate. You’ll come to understand the nature of political institutions and the transformations taking place around the world as policymakers seek to improve them. 

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Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives

Gain experience in research, teaching, and public service dedicated to navigating issues of policy, governance, and public sector reform. 

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