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College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

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Requirements for admission into the graduate program:

  • Students must maintain an undergraduate GPA minimum of a 3.0.
  • Current undergraduate students enrolling in the 4+1 program must complete 16 combined undergraduate/graduate credits in their senior year.
  • Students must maintain a minimum Public Policy GPA of 3.0 to continue in the program.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C- or better in all graduate courses.
  • College policies on course repeats apply to graduate study.
  • Successful defense of Master’s Thesis.
  • MPP students are expected to abide by the program’s standards of academic and professional expectations. Students will receive a copy of expectations when admitted to the program.

Student Learning Outcomes for Master of Public Policy:
Students will be able to:

  • Explain the steps of the policymaking process, including problem setting, formulation, implementation, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Apply theories and concepts associated with the development of U.S. public policy to evaluate a policy problem.
  • Conduct original research and analysis of a policy problem, using advanced data analysis techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret, synthesize, and critique prior research on a complex policy problem.
  • Clearly communicate informed policy recommendations in written and oral forms, to policymakers, interest groups, and the public.
  • Identify major ethical dilemmas associated with the public policy process.


  • PP 691 is repeatable for credit until students successfully defend Master’s Thesis.
  • For students who have real-world work or volunteer experience, the internship requirement can be satisfied by another option, PP 671: Public Policy Applications, which allows you to reflect on previous work or volunteer experiences and tie them to the theoretical understanding of the policy process.

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