Public Policy (MAPO)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Public Policy


The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year professional degree designed to provide students with the skills, expertise and networks to identify problems and create the solutions. The MPP curriculum consists of two components - a core set of courses (27 credits total) that provide a foundation in governance, quantitative skills and the practice of public policy and elective courses that allow a deeper dive into a particular area of interest. Students may use elective credits to complete one or two specializations, and/or pursue general policy interests. Specializations include environmental policy, international development policy, international security and economic policy, leadership and management, nonprofit management and leadership, public financial management, social policy, health policy, education policy, and a self-design option. Students must complete 48 credits to earn the MPP degree.


School of Public Policy
Graduate Admissions

1237 Thurgood Marshall Hall
7805 Regents Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.6331


General Requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (optional)
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplementary Application

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents May 16, 2025 December 6, 2024
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants March 14, 2025 September 27, 2024

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at