MS in Animals and Public Policy

Are you passionate about animals?

Pursue a graduate degree that will help you improve the lives of animals and people.

The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) is an intensive, 12-16 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.

All MAPP students take core courses that examine the changing roles of animals in society, teach them how to evaluate research and policy arguments, and help polish their communication skills. Students also pursue their own interests through electives, externships, and research projects, and may follow either a "research track" or 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 the how policy and science interact.

MAPP graduates successfully pursue careers in policy-making, law-enforcement, advocacy, public education, research, animal shelter management, and applied animal behavior. MAPP graduates also have outstanding success obtaining advanced training in Ph.D. programs, law, and veterinary medicine.

Alumni Profiles

  • Meena Alagappan

    Meena Alagappan
    M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, 2003

  • Kate Atema

    Kate Atema
    M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, 2003

  • Terri Ciaramello

    Terri Ciaramello
    M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, 2013

  • Anastacia (Spang) Southland

    Anastacia (Spang) Southland
    M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, 2010

  • Heidi W. Weiskel

    Heidi W. Weiskel
    M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, 2002