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Department of Public Administration and Policy

Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy

Research. Analysis. Implementation.

SPA students KNOW public policy

The Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program provides students with analytical, contextual, ethical, and substantive skills and knowledge to advance the quality of advice given to policymakers in a variety of institutional settings in the U.S. and abroad.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission decisions are based on each applicant’s academic record, two letters of recommendation, test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and an essay written by the applicant on his or her background and career interests. Applicants may substitute test scores from similar tests, such as the GMAT or LSAT, for the GRE where appropriate. Applicants who received their undergraduate degree more than five years prior to their date of application may waive the requirement for test scores by submitting a statement describing their professional experience. The department values applicants who have acquired practical experience before beginning their professional degree program. Admission decisions are based on each applicant’s total record and not on any single strength or deficiency.

Meet MPP Alumni

Jane Clark
MPP ’09

Jane Clark, MPP/09

Hometown: Newport, OR

Current position: Knowledge and Data Management Analyst, U.S. Department of Education

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Degree Requirements

  • 39 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Comprehensive examination requirement completed through assignments in PUAD-688 Policy Practicum

Course Requirements

(All courses unless otherwise specified are worth 3 credits)

One of the following: One of the following:

Area of Concentration and Internship

  • 9 credit hours in an area of concentration:

Areas include:
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  1. Social Policy
  2. International Development
  3. Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
  4. Public Financial Management
  5. Nonprofit Policy, Management, and Leadership
  6. Public Management
  7. Advanced Policy Analysis
  8. Applied Politics, including Campaign Management and Women and Politics
  9. Crime, Public Law, and Policy
  10. Comparative Public Policy
  11. Health Policy

If not taken to fulfill the research requirement above, and with permission of the academic advisor, PUAD-604 and PUAD-607 may be taken as part of a concentration.

Students without a significant professional work background participate in an internship, which may be taken for credit (PUAD-691). For students already employed, a formal internship is optional.


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MPP Sample Course Plan

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MPP Booklet

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Math and Economics boot camp page

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Exchange Program in Germany

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