Masters of Public Policy & Public Administration

About Us:

The Master's of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) is a professional degree program designed to prepare students to assume responsible positions in public service through a program of study that integrates the theory and practice of public administration and public policy. The program aspires to produce graduates who are literate in the fields of public administration and public policy, have the skills to be effective managers of organizational resources, and possess the analytical abilities to be creative problem solvers.

The Center is the home of the program, offered by the Department of Political Science. More information can be found on the Department of Political Science website.

Curriculum for Master of Public Policy and Administration:

The MPPA program prepares students for careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors. All students are required to complete the courses in common Foundations. Students choose to complete course work in either Public Management (Option A) or Public Policy (Option B).

Students who choose Public Management take 9 hours of required courses in the Public Management Core and then two approved electives in Public Management. Students who choose Public Policy take 9 hours of required courses in the Public Policy Core and then choose two elective courses in either Global Security, Energy & the Environment, or a customized policy area.

An internship is recommended for students without previous professional experience in a public or non-profit organization. Students with professional experience may choose two elective graduate courses in lieu of the 6 internship hours. No thesis is required for the completion of the degree. The MPPA consists of 39 semester hours.