About MS in Animals and Public Policy

Helping students improve the lives of animals and people

The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) is an intensive, 12-to-16-month graduate degree program that focuses on human-animal relationships and their implications for policy and community action. While students enter the program with different interests, skills, philosophies, and aspirations, all share a passion for understanding human-animal relationships and promoting the status of animals in society.

In the Master of Science in Animal and Public Policy program, students will

  • examine the changing roles of animals in society and the dynamic relationship between animals and people.
  • learn how to evaluate research and policy arguments.
  • polish communication skills needed to implement and advocate for effective policy.
  • pursue individual interests through electives, externships, and research projects.
  • choose between a "research track" and an "applied track."

Applied Track students acquire a strong understanding of animal issues and the communication skills needed to implement and advocate effectively for practices that enrich human-animal relationships and improve the health and well-being of animals and people.

Research Track students acquire research skills, sensitivity to the political, social, and ethical issues that drive research into human-animal relationships, and a sophisticated understanding of how policy and science interact.