Growing together as one school committed to serving the public good.
Formerly known as the Maryland School of Public Affairs, the School of Public Policy has evolved significantly since it opened in 1982. What began with seven faculty and 12 students, has grown to more than 100 faculty and staff and over 400 undergraduate and graduate students. With expanding academic programs, a growing portfolio of research, and increasing partnerships with government, nonprofit and private organizations, the School embodies the ideals of public policy as a means of bringing people together for constructive dialogue in pursuit of the common good.
Opening to students and classes this fall semester, the new 77,000 square-foot building will offer state-of-the-art teaching and collaborative spaces for students, faculty and staff. Designed for critical exploration of pressing public issues, the building will also feature an architectural deliberation chamber modeled in the spirit of rooms at the United Nations, spaces for students to gather and engage in spirited discussions, and distinguished venues to host local, national and international leaders. The School's new home is situated next to Chapel Field, steps from McKeldin Mall, and adjacent to the Purple Line, connecting communities throughout Prince George's and Montgomery counties, and Washington, DC.