MS in Animals and Public Policy

The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program was established in 1995. Students in this intensive program explore the historical, philosophical, scientific, cultural, legal and political underpinnings of contemporary human-animal relationships. They also develop research, analytical, and communications skills that empower them to promote the status and welfare of animals, and deepen public understanding of the role of animals in society. After graduation, our students pursue career tracks in public service, policy-making, animal care, animal advocacy, conservation and research, often acquiring additional credentials along the way in veterinary school, graduate school, law school and other professional training.

The MAPP program is part of the Center for Animals and Public Policy which was founded in 1983 at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Its guiding vision is an institute for advanced education, research and policy study that investigates the ethical, legal, social and scientific dimensions of human-animal relationships.

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