Our graduate programs in political science have been designed to serve the intellectual and professional needs of students in tandem with the needs of the state of Idaho and the nation. Our master of public administration program focuses on local government and was designed in consultation with partner local governments — such as Moscow and Lewiston — and the Idaho City/County Management Association to meet minimum standards for accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. Both demographic and survey research confirms that the demand for trained local government professionals in Idaho is growing rapidly. Our program fills that need with an academic focus on the problems of small, rural (and often remote) local governance in combination with important service learning and internship opportunities. Our master of public administration program is available on campus in a traditional format and via online education.
Our doctorate program (and Master of Arts) has been designed to complement our undergraduate efforts in inquiry and our master of public administration program focus on Idaho local governance. We moved from a traditional doctorate in political science to a policy analytical program built on methods. Students in the program will be required to complete a common core in methodology along with a substantive focus in public policy (with either an international or domestic focus). Next, they will combine those efforts with a substantive, policy oriented field, such as water policy and law, Native American law and policy, agriculture policy, natural resources and environmental policy or sustainability. Their dissertation will focus on problem solving in their particular policy field. The purpose of the program is to train professional policy analysts for local, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and international organizations. Most importantly, our graduates will be attractive to organizations outside and inside of academics.