Master of Public Policy
The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) program is designed to prepare students for careers as professional policy analysts. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum and real world experience, students gain an understanding of the policy process, and develop the capacity to formulate, analyze and implement public policy.
The M.P.P. degree is offered at the University Park campus only.
Requirements for AdmissionCandidates for admission must have maintained a minimum B (3.0) average during their undergraduate degree work and attain a score of at least 500 on the verbal and at least 500 on the quantitative sections of the GRE. Exceptions to these requirements are allowed if justified by outstanding work experience, letters of recommendation, or demonstrated improvement in academic performance during undergraduate studies.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have a basic competence in descriptive and inferential statistics. This prerequisite may be fulfilled by successfully completing the M.P.P. lab, the school's Statistics Competence Examination or by successfully completing PPD 404x with a grade of C or higher (A = 4.0), which may not be used for graduate credit.
Degree RequirementsStudents are required to complete 48 units of graduate work, with 28 units of core and 20 elective units divided between management, analytic and specialization areas.
|Required core courses||Units|
|PPD 500||Intersectoral Leadership||2|
|PPD 501ab||Economics for Policy, Planning and Development||2-2|
|PPD 554||Foundations of Public Policy Analysis||2|
|PPD 555||Public Policy Formulation and Implementation||4|
|PPD 557||Modeling and Operations Research||4|
|PPD 558||Multivariate Statistical Analysis||4|
|PPD 560||Methods for Policy Analysis||4|
|PPD 561ab*||Policy Analysis Practicum||1, 3|
ElectivesStudents complete 4 units of management elective, 4 units of analytic elective and 12 units of specialization elective. These electives typically are selected to support specialization in a substantive policy area (e.g., environment or community economic development).
|Management elective (choose 4 units)||Units|
|PPD 516x||Financial Accounting in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors||4|
|PPD 541||Public Financial Management and Budgeting||4|
|PPD 545||Human Behavior in Public Organizations||4|
|PPD 654||Information Technology Management in the Public Sector||4|
|PPD 656||Political Management: Theory and Applied Techniques||4|
|PPD 661||Intergovernmental Management: Local Perspective||4|
|PPD 662||Intergovernmental Management: State Perspective||4|
|PPD 675||Nonprofit Management and Leadership||4|
|PPD 687||Strategic Managment in the Nonprofit Sector||4|
|PPD 690||Alternative Dispute Resolution||4|
|analytic elective (choose 4 units)||Units|
|PPD 542||Policy and Program Evaluation||4|
|PPD 587||Risk Analysis||4|
|PPD 617||Urban Demography and Growth||4|
|PPD 647||Finance of the Public Sector||4|
In addition, students take 12 units of additional electives selected by the students with the advice of the academic advisor or director of the M.P.P. program. These electives typically are taken in an area of policy specialization, such as: community economic development, education policy, environmental policy, health, infrastructure, international policy and development, media and communications, philanthropy and nonprofit, and transportation.
Students may not take more than 12 course units outside of the School of Policy, Planning, and Development without written consent of the director of the M.P.P. program.