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Experiential learning is a signature of our entire masters’ curriculum.  It is most evident in our core practice sequence classes but practical applications are found throughout the student learning experience, including classroom interaction with practitioners and opportunity for applied study. The capstone course is a culmination of policy theory and policy practice learned throughout the program.  Students apply their coursework to a real world policy or management project related to an international, federal, local governmental or nonprofit organization.  These experiences broaden our students’ perspectives on the impact of policy choices, and many lead to job offers upon graduation.

Unlike most universities that house their international and domestic programs under separate roofs, Maryland seamlessly blends them.  This permits student and faculty alike to explore all dimensions of the numerous policy problems that transcend borders, such as trade, development, environmental and social issues.  This fusion allows students to prepare for careers that transcend borders, too.