Public Policy, Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

Non-thesis only: 48 credits required

Most MPP students take 4 courses per semester and finish the program in two years. Students may instead take 1-4 courses each semester and complete the degree in two-five years.

Between the first and second year, and/or during the academic year, most full-time students engage in internships in international, federal, state or local government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private firms that are engaged in the policy process. In addition to offering practical experiences and the opportunity to further develop skills acquired during the first year, these internships provide students with contacts and relationships useful for future projects and job placement.

About 100 students from a wide variety of undergraduate schools and majors, from all parts of the country, and from around the world enter the program each fall. The mean undergraduate grade point average of entering students is 3.6 and GRE scores average in the low to mid 600s.

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
PLCY630Normative and Political Dimensions of Public Policy3
PLCY631Governance: Leadership, Management and Accountability3
PLCY680Examining Social Identity and Pluralism in Public Policy3
PLCY610Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy3
PLCY640Microeconomic and Policy Analysis3
PLCY641Macroeconomics and Policy Analysis3
PLCY670Public Budgeting & Financial Management3
PLCY690Policy Engagement Project3
PLCY790Project Course3
Specialization Requirements
Select one of the following:21
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
International Development Policy
International Security and Economic Policy
Management and Leadership
Non-profit Management and Leadership
Public Financial Management
Social Policy
Education Policy
Health Policy
Total Credits48