Overview

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a graduate professional degree proposed by the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences.  In contrast to the existing Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, the MPP degree has a deeper focus on the development and effects of public policy, the use of quantitative analysis, the role of economic factors in public-decision making, resource allocation, and decision modeling.  Building on the successful curriculum of the online and on campus MPA program, adding the MPP degree to the Department of Political Science’s catalog continues to propel us into the ranks of preeminence among peer institutions that also offer both MPA and MPP degrees. Success of the MPP program requires collaboration between the Department of Political Science, other disciplines with a stake in public policy, and the College of Arts and Sciences to ensure that current resources are used effectively, existing strengths of the university and its faculty are built upon, and faculty are strategically added to develop a MPP program fitting for a hemispheric university.

Admission Requirements

In cooperation with the College of Arts and Science, the Department of Political Science, the Graduate Program will review applicant files and make admissions decisions.

Requirements for Admission Include:

  • Completion of an application

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.  (In order to limit class size for maximum teacher-student exchange, the MPP program will give preference to students with above average GRE scores, excellent letters of recommendation, and superior writing skills).

  • GRE minimum combined score (verbal and quantitative) set by the Graduate School.  The Graduate School has occasionally provided waivers for exceptional cases.

  • Two letters of recommendation

Curriculum Requirements

Required Core Courses
POL 601Budget and Financial Management and Administration3
POL 610Statistics for Politics and Public Administration3
POL 625Comparative Public Policy and Administration3
POL 634Applied Policy Analysis3
POL 637Microeconomics for Public Policy3
POL 646Public Policy Process and Implementation3
Macroeconomics for Public Policy (New Course TBD)3
Introduction to Research Design, Data Collection & Survey Research (New Course TBD)3
Specialization Track15
Students must complete one of the tracks below.
Public Management and Leadership Track
Complete 15 credits from these options:
Conflict Management
Organizational Dynamics and Management
Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management
Human Resource Management in Public Service
Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Ethical and Manangerial Issues in Government, Business and Non-Profit Organization.
From Electronic Government to Digital Governance
International Organizations
Crisis Communication and Management
Public Relations Fundamentals
Analytics Track
Complete 15 credits from these options:
Geographic Information Systems I
Geographic Information Systems II
Experiments in Political Science
Introductory Statistical Methods in Political Science
Advanced Statistical Methods in Political Science
Introduction to Game Theory for Political Science (Cost Benefit Analysis and Public Policy)
Qualitative Research Methods
Cost-Benefit Analysis and Public Policy (New Course TBD)
Foreign Policy and Security Track
Complete 15 credits from these options:
Security in the Arabian Peninsula
Intelligence and National Security
Chinese Foreign Policy
Security in South Asia
International Security
International Relations of the Middle East
European Security
Human Security: Prevention Mitigation
Civil Security Management
Global Trade (New Course TBD)
Health and Social Policy Track
Complete 15 credits from these options:
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Essentials of Health Care Administration
Public Policy and Health
Analysis of Health Care Delivery and Policy
Global Health Policy and Ethics
Sex, Babies, and the State
U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies
Public Policy and Health
LGBTI Politics
Political Economy of Development
Environmental and Sustainability Track
Complete 15 credits from these options:
Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability
Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis
Environmental Law and Policy
Coastal Law and Policy
Global Environment Politics
Environmental Policy Making
The Environmental Movement: Groups, Beliefs and Values
Climate and Society
Individualized Track
Complete 15 credit hours with approval of faculty advisor.
Approved Electives9
Public Service Internship (or Applied Project)
Additional electives with approval of faculty advisor
Total Credit Hours48
  • 36 to 48 hours at the graduate level, depending on public policy experience and academic preparation

** Completion of core and specialization track course requirements as specified by the POL Department in consultation with student’s career goals and interests

*** All other requirements as stated in sections Requirements for the Master of Arts degree and General Information.

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
POL 601 Budget and Financial Management and Administration 3
POL 610 Statistics for Politics and Public Administration 3
POL 634 Applied Policy Analysis 3
POL 637 Microeconomics for Public Policy 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
POL 625 Comparative Public Policy and Administration 3
POL 646 Public Policy Process and Implementation 3
Specialization Track Course 3
Specialization Track Course 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
Fall
Specialization Track Course 3
Specialization Track Course 3
Approved Elective 3
Introduction to Research Design, Data Collection & Survey Research (New Course TBD) 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
POL 656 Public Service Internship 3
Macroeconomics for Public Policy (New Course TBD) 3
Specialization Track Course 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours48
  • 36 to 48 hours at the graduate level, depending on public policy experience and academic preparation

**   Completion of core and specialization track course requirements as specified by the POL Department in consultation with student’s career goals and interests

*** All other requirements as stated in sections Requirements for the Master of Arts degree and General Information.

Mission

The Masters of Public Policy (MPP) is a professional degree that provides students with core skills in economics, policy analysis and ethics. The program seeks to build professional competencies in research, analysis and evaluation of various public issues (e.g., social, global, economic, health) to enable formulation of effective policy solutions. The focus is on the development and use of quantitative analysis skills to assess public policy alternatives, while also developing and enhancing proficiency in management and the implementation process.

Goals

The MPP degree stresses the research, analysis and evaluation of various public issues (e.g., social, global, economic, health) to develop effective policy solutions. In general, MPP programs give great attention to policy formulation, analysis and evaluation. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be able to demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills related to public policy, politics, ethics and economic analysis by the time they graduate
  • Students will demonstrate quantitative analysis and oral communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate analytical competencies through an internship or applied capstone project