Learn the art of policy and governance, and gain the analytical skills and practical experience to launch a career solving pressing policy challenges.
Through your coursework, you'll develop the critical thinking and analytical skills that form the foundation of effective decision-making. Outside of the classroom, our location in the Washington D.C. region will provide you with expansive opportunities to engage directly in local, national and international policymaking.
- Gain a strong foundation in the perspectives, tools and skills that will serve you throughout your policy career with a core set of governance, quantitative and practice-oriented courses.
- 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 MPP curriculum consists of two components - a core set of courses (27 credits total) that provide a foundation in governance, quantitative skills and the practice of public policy and elective courses that allow a deeper dive into a particular area of interest. Students must complete 48 credits to earn the MPP degree.
Core Courses (27 credits total)
- PLCY630 (formerly PLCY688E) Normative and Political Dimensions of Public Policy (3 credits)
- PLCY631 (formerly PLCY688G) Governance: Leadership, Management & 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
- PLCY640 Microeconomic and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
- PLCY610 Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (3 credits)
- PLCY641 Macroeconomics and Policy Analysis (3 Credits)
- PLCY670 Public Budgeting and Financial Management (3 Credits)
Elective Courses (21 credits total)
Students may use 21 elective credits to complete one or two specializations, and/or pursue general policy interests.
Sample Plan of Study
- PLCY630 (formerly PLCY688E) (Governance Sequence) Normative and Political Dimensions of Public Policy (3 credits)
- PLCY610 (Quantitative Skills Sequence) Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (3 credits)
- PLCY640 (Quantitative Skills Sequence) Microeconomics and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
- General elective (3 credits)
The MPP program recruits potential policy leaders from across the country and world into public service, and prepares them for careers fostering more effective and cross-sector global, national, and local policies and governance processes, through:
- Careful analysis of evidence using sophisticated interdisciplinary lenses;
- Practical experience leveraging our unique location;
- Exposure to best practices and top policy leaders;
- Development of professional, leadership, and innovation skills; and
- Appreciation for democratic and inclusive ideals in a multicultural world.
We aim for all graduates to be capable generalists and, when desired, to have a grounding in specific topic areas, especially environmental and energy policy; international development policy; international security and economic policy; social policy; public/nonprofit management, leadership and finance; and science & technology policy.
Fall 2020 incoming MPP: 80
% Maryland residents: 53%
% International: 4
% Underrepresented Minorities: 25
% Female: 51
Current Number of Students: 258 (as of Summer 2023)
Faculty Teaching in the MPP Program: 60 (Summer 2022 - Spring 2023)
Delivery Method: On-Campus
Students commencing MPP studies in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018:
- Total # of students in cohort: 81
- Graduated within 2 years: 68 (84%)
- Graduated within 3 years: 74 (91%)
- Graduated within 4 years: 75 (93%)
- Total students graduated and persisting to graduation: 75
The MPP program includes both full-time and part-time students. Typically, full-time students will finish within two years and part-time students will take up to four years. Dual degree students take from 3-4 years to complete the program and some students take a year or two off in the middle of their studies and thus take a little longer to complete the program.