Master of Public Policy Curriculum

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program requires the completion of 12 to 13 courses (36-39 credits total). When planning your course of study, be sure to follow the set of requirements for your term of admission, as program requirements may change over time. The following reflects the curriculum for the current incoming class:

Core Coursework (7 courses | 21 credits)

To fulfill the core coursework requirements, MPP students take the following classes:

  • PUBP 500: Theory and Practice in Public Policy
  • PUBP 503: Culture, Organization, and Technology
  • POGO 511: Introductory Data Analysis for Policy and Government
  • ITRN 503: Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy
  • PUBP 720: Managerial Economics and Policy Analysis
  • PUBP 741: U.S. Financial Policy Processes and Procedures

In addition, students select one of the following Methods/Analytics Core courses:

  • POGO 611: Advanced Data Analysis for Policy and Government
  • POGO 646: Policy and Program Evaluation
  • PUBP 754: GIS and Spatial Analysis for Public Policy

Emphasis or Elective Courses (5 courses | 15 credits) 

Students complete emphasis or elective courses either within one of the following focus areas or by creating their own emphasis (with program approval):

    • Economic Policy
    • Education Policy
    • Global Medical and Health Policy
    • International Governance and Institutions
    • National Security and Public Policy
    • Public Finance and Budgeting
    • Regional Economic Development
    • Science and Technology Policy
    • Social Policy
    • Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption
    • Transportation Policy
    • U.S. Government Institutions and Policy Management
    • Urban Policy and Development

Learn more about the MPP emphasis areas.

Professional Internship (1 course | 3 credits)

This requirement may be waived upon approval (generally for students with two or more years of professional policy-related experience).


You will have the flexibility to earn your degree on a part-time or full-time basis, allowing you to build out your course schedule to complement your personal and professional commitments. Students may take up to 9 credits per semester and have up to five years to complete the degree.