Gain analytical skills, decision-making tools and subject matter expertise to advance your career solving pressing policy challenges.
In your coursework, you'll develop the critical thinking and analytical skills to enhance your abilities as a decision-maker and policy leader, while participating in opportunities to dive into specific areas of interest. Providing a strong foundation in policy tools and methods and a deeper understanding of particular policy issues, the Master of Public Management prepares you to take on the next challenge in your career.
- Take advantage of an accelerated degree for professionals with at least five years of policy or management related experience (requiring 36 course credits as compared to 48 course credits for the standard Master of Public Policy)
- Take a deeper dive into areas of interest with our optional specializations, or develop your own specialization to explore a particular policy area
- Learn from faculty who are both scholars and practitioners, bringing their real-world experiences and connections into the classroom
The MPM curriculum consists of two components - a core set of courses (21 credits total) that provides a foundation in governance and quantitative skills, and elective courses that allow a deeper dive into a particular area of interest. Students must complete 36 credits to earn the MPM degree.
Core Courses (21 credits total)
- PLCY630 (formerly PLCY688E) Normative and Political Dimensions of Public Policy (3 credits)
- PLCY631 (formerly PLCY688G) Management and Accountability (3 credits)
- PLCY680 (formerly PLCY699D) Examining Social Identity and Pluralism in Public Policy (3 credits) (For students matriculating in or after summer 2021)
Quantitative Skills Sequence
Students may use 15 elective credits to complete a specialization and/or pursue general policy interests.
Ambassador Susan C. Schwab became the United States trade representative on June 8, 2006. As USTR, she was a member of the president's cabinet and served as the president's principal trade strategist, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.
- Trade policy
Philip Joyce is a professor of public policy in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Joyce’s teaching and research interests include public budgeting, performance measurement, and intergovernmental relations.
- Public budgeting & financial management; federal budgeting; congressional budget process; performance management
- Expertise on national climate strategies and policies, assessments of national ambition in the U.S., China and other major economies, fossil phaseout strategies, and subnational climate action
- Climate change; energy policy; US federal climate policy
Catherine Worsnop is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland-College Park and a research associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).
- Global governance; international relations; international organizations; security studies; global health
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