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Master's

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Complex problems demand skilled and innovative policy professionals who can bridge divides and cross boundaries.

With no shortage of challenging issues in the world today, we need policy professionals who understand and communicate the issues we face.

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Our master's programs allow you to develop the skills and expertise needed to turn your passion and ideas into real-world impact. With a focus on experiential, hands-on learning, coupled with a strong foundation in critical-thinking, decision-making and leadership skills, we prepare you for a career tackling policy challenges at all levels and across government, nonprofits, international organizations and the private sector.

Learn from faculty who are scholars and practitioners, bringing the experience and networks of their roles in government, nonprofits and the private sector into the classroom.

Outside of the classroom, take advantage of our location in the Washington, DC area to access internships, networking opportunities and professional development events offered by a multitude of government agencies and organizations. 

Whether you are working full-time or part-time, looking to advance your career or launch it, or want to explore big-picture or specific issues, there is a program for you. 

Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year professional degree designed to provide you with the skills, expertise and networks to identify problems and create the solutions.

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Master of Public Management

The Master of Public Management (MPM) is an accelerated degree designed for professionals with at least five years of policy or management related experience. 

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Dual Degrees

Combine an understanding of the art of policy and governance with expertise in business, law or social work to expand your opportunities.

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Executive Master of Public Management

The Executive Master of Public Management (EMPM) is an accelerated degree designed for professionals with at least five years of policy or management related experience.

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Master of Professional Studies - Public Administration

The Master of Professional Studies in Public Administration (MPS-PA) is a twelve-month professional degree designed to provide you with the skills, expertise and networks to lead and manage organizations in the public and nonprofit sectors.

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Questions?

Contact us at policy-applications@umd.edu or request info.