Feb 28, 2020  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Private Interests and Public Good, M.A.

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Rooted in the Jesuit tradition of educating the 
whole person, the two-year master’s cohort program is designed for community-engaged leaders and professionals working in such public arenas as non- profits, corporate social responsibility, media, public policy, health care and education. The graduate program reimagines the relationship between private interests and public good. The public-private framework emerges from the interactions among various stakeholders like businesses, non-profits, community organizations, think tanks, interest groups, and individual citizens. The resources, capabilities and efficiencies of these different stakeholders converge on social and economic issues that need our urgent attention.

The Master of Arts in Private Interests and Public Good (PIPG) takes a multi-disciplinary and experiential approach to train students to critically evaluate the impact of social problems on the public, and to situate themselves and their organizations as solutions. Graduates are able to articulate their vision, design and develop innovative systems, critically engage with and begin to solve complex problems, make decisions based on careful planning and evaluation of risk, and effectively communicate. Students are required to apply their knowledge and expertise to pressing and interesting problems through a chosen experiential project that includes a field experience and thesis. 

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission as a degree-seeking graduate student, students must first submit the following to the Office of the Graduate School:

  • Completed application at www.xavier.edu/grad.
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Current and updated resumé/CV.
  • A 500-word minimum statement of purpose.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals commenting on the applicant’s academic/professional potential.
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test scores for all sections are required of applicants whose native language is not English or whose four-year undergraduate degree program was not in English.

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the program director prior to completing the application process. Please contact the Office of the Graduate School to learn more and apply (513-745-3360).

Curriculum (36 Credit Hours)

Year One

Fall Semester

  • Private Interests & Public Good I
  • Media, Democracy, & Public Sphere
  • Advanced Public Policy Practice

Spring Semester

  • Private Interests & Public Good II
  • Advanced Political Analysis 
  • Economics of Public Policy

Summer Semester

  • Innovation
  • Computers, Algorithms, and Security

Year Two

Fall Semester

  • Field Experience

Spring Semester

  • Thesis

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