Students can simultaneously earn master's degrees in political science and public policy via an articulation agreement with University of Windsor

May 25, 2006

Seated, left: Robert L. Simpson, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn and Neil Gold, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Windsor. Standing, from left: Social sciences Prof. Brooks Hull, director of UM-Dearborn’s Master of Public Policy Program; James Frank, dean of graduate studies and research, Windsor; Daniel Little, chancellor of UM-Dearborn; Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean of UM-Dearborn's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; and Cecil Houston, dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Windsor.

DEARBORN / May 25, 2006---The University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Windsor have formed an international partnership in which students can receive master's degrees in both political science and public policy through a joint program at the colleges.

Beginning this fall, students can attend both schools simultaneously to earn a master’s degree in political science at UofW as well as a master’s degree in public policy from UM-Dearborn.

“This partnership creates a unique arrangement between the University of Windsor and the University of Michigan-Dearborn,” according to social sciences Prof. Brooks Hull, director of UM-Dearborn’s Master of Public Policy Program.

“University of Windsor students will benefit from policy-focused courses with a U.S. perspective. UM-Dearborn students will benefit from the international orientation and academic excellence Windsor students will bring. I certainly hope this articulation agreement becomes a model for similar programs crossing our shared border,” Hull said.

UM-Dearborn’s master of public policy degree requires 42 credits. UofW’s master of arts in political science degree requires 24 credits. The credits for UofW’s degree will be applied to UM-Dearborn’s degree, resulting in students being able to earn both degrees in 45 credit hours.

Students may enroll in the program either full- or part-time.

Canadian students will pay Canadian tuition and fees at UofW and be eligible for grants covering the difference between resident and non-resident tuition and fees at UM-Dearborn. Tuition for U.S. students attending UofW falls under existing arrangements regarding American students at the university.

The courses for UofW’s master’s degree will cover areas such as approaches to political science; American politics and government; Canadian government and public policy; and international relations and global politics.

The courses for UM-Dearborn’s degree include research methods; the political environment of public policy; economics and public policy; rational choice; ethics and public policy; program evaluation; and cost-benefit analysis.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor," said John Sutcliffe, associate professor in the UofW's Department of Political Science. "It offers a chance for students to secure two degrees from two excellent universities in two countries. This is something that no other political science department in Canada can offer and we see it as an arrangement that will attract the very best scholars to Windsor and to the University of Michigan-Dearborn."

For more information about the joint program, contact Hull at UM-Dearborn at 313-593-1183, or Sutcliffe at UofW at 519-253-3000 ext. 2360.


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