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Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Laws (LLM)


Admission to the Program

Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of both the Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP)/SPA and Washington College of Law (WCL). Admission criteria are the same as those for the MPP. However, students who have been admitted to WCL will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students may begin their studies in SPA in their first semester of the LLM program. Admission to either the MPP or LLM program does not guarantee admission to the other.


MPP Degree Requirements

  • 39 credits hours of approved graduate course work including at least 24 credit hours of MPP course work in SPA, and up to 15 credit hours from WCL.
  • Comprehensive examination requirement completed through assignments in PUAD-688 Policy Practicum
  • The research requirement is satisfied by completing two of the following courses with grades of B or better:
  • PUAD-601 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis I
  • PUAD-602 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis II
  • PUAD-604 Public Program Evaluation
  • PUAD-607 Economics and Politics of Public Policy
  • PUAD-670 Economics for Policy Analysis
  • LAW-580 American Lawyer Seminar
    or
    LAW-892 Washington Lawyer Seminar

Course Requirements

  • PUAD-601 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis I (3)
    (Students may test out of PUAD 601 and substitute another approved course.)
  • PUAD-602 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis II (3)
  • PUAD-603 Policy Process (3)
  • PUAD-606 Foundations of Policy Analysis (3)
  • PUAD-631 Financing Government Services:
    Expenditure Analysis (3) or
    Taxation (3)
  • PUAD-670 Economics for Policy Analysis (3)
  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis (3)
  • PUAD-688 Policy Practicum (3)
  • One course from the following:
    • PUAD-604 Public Program Evaluation (3)
    • PUAD-607 Economics and Politics of Public Policy (3)
    • PUAD-671 Cost Benefit Analysis (3)
  • 3 credit hours from the following:
    • LAW-580 American Lawyer Seminar (3)
    • LAW-893 Washington Lawyer Seminar (3)

Area of Concentration and Internship

  • 9 credit hours in an area of concentration with approval of the MPP advisor; this requirement is usually completed with WCL courses, as long as at least 24 credit hours for the MPP are taken in approved SPA courses.
  • Students without a significant professional work background generally participate in a non-credit internship or an externship. For students already employed, a formal internship is optional.

LLM Degree Requirements

  • 18 credit hours of course work required for the LLM, including:
    LAW-601 Administrative Law (3-4) or other approved course

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