The bachelor of science (B.S.) degree with a major in criminal justice features two predominant divisions with a total of nine separate areas. The lower division provides the student with a sound liberal arts experience. This division includes courses in the humanities, mathematics and the natural sciences, the social sciences and selected elective courses that are particularly appropriate to the field of criminal justice. Courses taken in the lower division are at the freshman and sophomore levels. The upper division provides the student with a depth and breadth of knowledge related to criminal justice
Crime and criminal justice are at the forefront of national policy and practice. The increasing emphasis on professional preparation in criminal justice careers places additional academic demands on the in-service professional. To meet this need, Georgia State’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree in criminal justice and criminology.
The online master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration strengthens core leadership abilities and broadens knowledge of the strategies necessary to address rapidly emerging issues in criminal justice systems. The degree combines courses in criminal justice and criminology with managerial principles and practices in public management.
The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology is designed to train researchers and teacher-scholars in Criminal Justice and Criminology. The program provides intensive one-on-one mentorship, a flexible curriculum, and core teaching and research skills that enable graduates to excel in University settings, as well as research think tanks. Current and former doctoral students are actively involved in presenting their research at regional and national conferences. Faculty members in the department have actively involved doctoral students in their research projects, resulting in numerous publications with students. In addition, graduate students are actively involved in planning and attending research colloquia and participate in student governance.
The primary distinguishing feature of a B.A. in Economics versus a B.S. or a B.B.A. is the qualitative focus with a foreign language requirement.
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics differs greatly from the B.A. and the B.S. degree because it is a joint program between the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. This is a business degree with an economic focus.
The main distinction of a B.S. in economics, versus a B.A. or a B.B.A. is the focus on quantitative and mathematical reasoning. This degree is recommended for undergraduates planning to apply to a graduate program in economics.
The Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Modern Languages program is similar to the B.A. in economics, but it is more internationally focused. In addition to basic theory, this degree program includes specified international economics courses, as well as a larger foreign language component.
Welcome to the web pages for the PPE Program at Georgia State! PPE is Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. PPE at GSU started in Fall 2017. The program helps prepare undergraduate students to
- successfully embark upon career opportunities in law, government, and business;
- succeed in graduate programs in political science, philosophy, and economics; and
- contribute intelligently to the public dialogue of a vibrant democracy.
PPE makes use of the analytically rigorous tools of all three of its disciplines to promote serious thought about practical issues, allowing students to delve deep into moral, social, political, and economic issues. It is an incredible major to prepare you for an incredible life.
This dual degree program, allowing completion of both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in approximately 5 years, is available to undergraduates majoring in economics who have completed at least 30 hours of academic credit and who have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Students may apply to this program at any time after completing 30 hours but prior to completing 90 hours of undergraduate coursework.
With internationally renowned faculty and research centers, our master of economics degree takes a pioneering approach to economics that emphasizes public policy and empirical evaluation.
As a student in our innovative program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of economic theories as they apply to the environment, education, economic development, healthcare, public finance, social welfare and other pressing public issues.
Our broad and customizable curriculum combines the latest theoretical advances with the analytical skills and practical experience you’ll need to tackle the complex problems facing analysts and economists today.
With internationally renowned faculty and research centers, our doctoral program in economics takes a pioneering approach to economics that emphasizes public policy and empirical evaluation.
In our innovative doctorate program, you’ll master advanced econometrics and experimental methods to learn how economics and policy work together in preparation for a successful career as a researcher, university instructor or both.
Combining the latest economic theory, analytical skills, research methodology and empirical techniques, our rigorous curriculum will equip you to meet today’s complex challenges and educate the next generation of public economics experts.
For our Public Policy program, we seek talented and motivated students who want to develop the knowledge, skills and values required to become responsible and visionary leaders in a wide range of settings. While many graduates of our program choose to enter a career in the public sector or in nonprofit agencies, others make contributions to their community, state, and nation as active citizens in the civic and public arenas.
The B.I.S. in Social Entrepreneurship prepares students to become agents and leaders of social change who will transform communities through innovative startups and existing social enterprises.
Our B.I.S. in Social Entrepreneurship was created not only to tackle the most complex problems, but to help students become better employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Students in the program are involved in co-curricular activities and internships that will give them experience working in and interacting with current social enterprises, gaining practical knowledge of the field and exposure to the diverse employment opportunities within the discipline. Students will leave this program with the business formation knowledge needed to launch a social enterprise at any point in their career.
The master of public administration (MPA) is the degree of choice for individuals with an interest in public affairs and professional management in the public and nonprofit sectors. Whether you’re seeking a first job in government or with a nonprofit organization, or are interested in advancing in an existing career, Georgia State University’s MPA program provides skills and knowledge that government and nonprofit agencies are looking for. Join us as we explore new ideas and perspectives on public and nonprofit administration, policy and governance in the 21st Century.
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students for work in the analysis, development, and evaluation of public policies. In all levels of government and on a global scale, public needs and limited resources require public policy choices that are at once economically efficient, socially and technically effective, and politically responsive. Such choices confront policymakers in a broad range of critical issues, including health, education, economic development, public finance, social policy, nonprofit policy, and disaster policy.
The College of Law and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies offer a joint Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor degree. This joint program provides an opportunity to pursue studies in law and public affairs and public management concurrently. Students in the joint program use credit hours earned in one program to satisfy some or all of the elective course requirements for the other program, thus earning both degrees one to two terms earlier than would be required to earn each separately.
A joint MPA/J.D. enhances the employment opportunities for graduates of both programs by preparing students to meet the growing demands for lawyers with expertise in public management and for public administrators with legal expertise. Many recent law graduates are employed directly by government agencies, and others are employed by private and nonprofit sector organizations concerned with issues of public policy and public administration. Training in public administration is valuable to law graduates who seek this kind of employment. The field of public administration is also changing, with greater emphasis now on administrative law in M.P.A. curricula and greater attention to legal requirements in the training of public managers.
Societal needs—for economic growth, better health care, environmental protection, etc.—and resource limitations challenge policymakers to make difficult public policy choices. The doctoral program in public policy prepares its graduates to conduct original research to help scholars and policymakers understand the tradeoffs involved in such choices across a broad range of critical issues.
The doctoral program prepares its graduates to take positions as college professors or as research-oriented policy analysts in research centers, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. The program assumes that new students have a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, health policy, or a related field, but students may also fulfill master’s prerequisite courses after entering the program.
The joint doctoral program in public policy combines the strengths of Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy. The Andrew Young School ranked 18th overall among graduate programs in public affairs in a recent US News ranking, as well as 8th in public finance and budgeting, 3rd in urban policy, 22nd in public management and leadership, and 29th in public policy analysis. Our faculty was the 5th most prolific in public administration journals over the past decade. US News also ranked Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy 8th in information and technology management and 11th in environmental policy and management.
The Department of Public Management offers three undergradaute minors to Georgia State University students. Each of the minors are comprised of 15 credit hours and offer students across GSU the opportunity to complement their major studies with practical, career orientated courses that will lead to additional skill sets marketable to the public or private sector.
- Minor in Nonprofit Leadership
- Minor in Planning & Economic Development
- Minor in Public Policy
The Department of Public Management offers two graduate certificate programs – Nonprofit Management and Planning & Economic Development. Each certificate program is comprised of four graduate courses, for a total of 12 credit hours. These certificate programs are a perfect complement to students completing graduate degrees in other areas or for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree but who are looking to augment their professional skills in one of these certificate areas.
The Bachelor of Social Work is the entry-level degree, and the BSW program at Georgia State provides a solid educational experience for entry-level social work practice. Through course work, internships, and involvement in other School and University opportunities, our graduates find employment in a variety of human service contexts and choose to enroll in graduate programs for social work and related disciplines. The BSW curriculum provides students with theory for understand human functioning across a variety of different contexts and social settings. In addition, students are taught methods of intervention for practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. The curriculum is organized around competencies and practice behaviors that promote knowledge and skill development in critical thinking and ethics, intervention approaches with diverse populations of clients, understanding of human functioning and the social environment, and practice evaluation and research. In addition to their coursework, students complete an internship that promotes the integration of their academic content within the context of a social service setting.
The Master of Social Work program strives to prepare students for social work leadership roles in the effort to solve, in partnerships with others, the existing and developing challenges that confront communities in the United States and internationally. Community partnerships, based on a generalist practice model, is the sole focus of the MSW program. Students in the Community Partnerships specialization are educated to advance the needs and capacities of the total community by promoting social and economic justice and maximizing human potential. They are educated to commit themselves to addressing the life circumstances, such as poverty, violence, discrimination, and disparities in social and economic justice that fall disproportionately on vulnerable groups and challenge the spirit of the entire community. This unique focus provides students with the opportunity to learn about social issues facing urban communities through a social and economic justice framework. Our graduates have become leaders in various service delivery sectors including health care, public child welfare services, non profit management, and numerous other contexts.
The Urban Studies Minor is open to all Georgia State University students. Students who wish to minor in urban studies must take a total of 15 Credit Hours in approved courses. This will include two required courses offered within the Urban Studies Institute and three courses chosen from a list of possible electives.
The Urban Studies Institute focuses on research and teaching in urban studies locally and globally. The emphasis is on cities as economic growth engines, on inclusive urban development, and on urban sustainability.
The Urban Studies masters program is structured as a MIS of 30 credit hours. The MIS in Urban Studies will prepare students for professional or academic careers with skills in urban studies, theory, analyzing complex challenges within urban environments, and the process of urbanization.
The doctoral program in Urban Studies is a structure PHD of 48 credit hours. The PhD in Urban Studies will prepare students for academic careers with skills in urban studies, theory, analyzing complex challenges within urban environments and the processes of urbanizations.