Public Policy: Masters Programs (PUAF)

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Abstract

The School of Public Policy is one of the nation's leading graduate programs devoted to the study of public policy, management and international affairs, with particular expertise in the fields of environmental policy, energy policy, international development, international security and economic policy, health policy, education policy, social policy, non-profit management, public management and leadership,acquisitions, and public finance. The School offers a wide variety of master's programs, joint degree programs, graduate certificate programs, and one of the nation's premier doctorate programs. The School's location just outside of Washington, D.C. attracts a stellar faculty of scholar-practitioners who are experts in the theory and practice of public policy and management and influential participants in the nation's policy-making process. The location and faculty in turn attract outstanding students by providing them, not only an in-depth, rich curriculum, but extensive exposure to and interaction with the real-life world of policy-making, the federal government, the international diplomatic community, state and local governments, and a host of non-governmental and multinational organizations. It is one of the few policy schools to combine state, national and international policy study under one roof, and to take into account policy interests in all sectors of the economy, thus allowing both faculty and students to study the full range of issues in all courses and in all research.

Admissions Information

To apply to the School's Masters' degree programs, applicants must complete the online Graduate School Application. Please be sure to enter the correct four-letter program code:

  • MAPO : Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • MAMG : Master of Public Management (MPM) - Policy Track
  • EXPM : Executive Master of Public Management (EMPM)
  • BMPO : Dual MPP and MBA
  • LMPO : Dual MPP and JD
  • PPCN : Dual MPP and MS in Conservation Biology
  • MPPA : Master of Professional Studies in Public Administration

    The admission processes for the School's dual BA/MPP program and its certificate programs are described on the School's website (www.publicpolicy.umd.edu). Students generally apply to the dual BA/MPP program near the end of their sophomore year at the University of Maryland. To be admitted to a graduate certificate program, students must first be admitted either to a degree program on campus or as an Advanced Special Student (discussed near beginning of catalog).


    Application Deadlines
    Type of Applicant Fall Spring

    Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents

    Deadline: April 1
    Preferred: December 31
    Deadline: October 15

    International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas, as well as those seeking admissions under A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.

    Deadline: February 1
    Preferred: December 31
    Deadline: June 1

    Application Requirements

    1. GRE General OR GMAT required for all degree programs, except as noted below.
    2. LSAT may be substituted for GRE General if applying to MPP/JD.
    3. GRE General OR GMAT not required for Policy MPM or Executive MPM if Undergraduate GPA is at least 3.0
    4. 3 Letters of Recommendation
    5. All original transcripts
    6. Statement of purpose
    7. Resume

    Degree Requirements

    Public Policy/Management Graduate Certificates ()
    The School of Public Policy offers several 12-18 credit graduate certificate programs for students in other degree programs on campus and professionals working in the policy arena who seek to enhance their understanding of policy analysis and management. See the School's website for available certificate programs and admission policies.

    Executive Master of Public Management (EXPM or EMPM)
    The Executive Master of Public Management (EMPM/EXPM) program is for professionals with at least 5 years of policy and/or management experience. It consists of 30 credits of prescribed courses in the arts of public management and policy analysis. Students move through the program as members of a cohort at a designated site, either off-campus or on-campus on alternating weekends (Friday evenings/Saturday days).

    Additional information on the curriculum and admissions policies of this program is available on the School's website.

    Master of Public Management - Policy Track (MPM)
    The Master of Public Management (MPM) policy track is a 36 credit degree program for professionals with at least 5 years of policy and management experience. The program is identical to the MPP program except that students take four fewer general electives and may substitute a policy or management elective for the capstone course required in the MPP program.

    Courses are offered throughout the day, but it is sometimes possible to complete the program by taking only courses beginning no earlier than 4:15pm. Students usually finish the program in three years by taking two courses each fall and spring semester, but can finish in as many as five years, or as few as one year by taking four courses in the fall and spring semesters, 1 during the winter semester, and 3 during the summer semester.

    MPP/MBA Dual Degree Program (MPP)
    The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and the School of Public Policy (both located in Van Munching Hall) offer a dual program of studies leading to both the MPP and MBA degrees in less time (typically 5 or 6 semesters) and at less cost than if the degrees were obtained separately. Because some credits can be counted towards both degrees, students need only complete 42 (versus 54) credits in the business school and 33 (versus 48) credits in the policy school, thus saving 27 credits. (Dual credit requirements subject to change.) Otherwise the requirements of both degree programs must be met.

    Candidates must separately apply to the dual degree program in both the business school and the policy school. If admitted by only one program, the student may enroll in that program.

    For further discussion of admission and degree requirements, students may consult each school's website.

    MPP/JD Dual Degree Program (MPP)
    The University of Maryland School of Law (located in Baltimore) and the School of Public Policy offer a dual program of studies leading to both the MPP and JD degrees, in less time (often four years) and at less cost than if the degrees were obtained separately. Because they can double-count 9 credits taken at each school towards the other school, students complete 75 (versus 84) credits at the law school and 39 (versus 48) credits in the policy school, thus saving 18 credits.

    Candidates must separately apply to the dual degree program in both the law school and the policy school. If admitted by only one program, the student may enroll in that program.

    For further discussion of admission and degree requirements, students may consult each school's website.

    BA/MPP Dual Degree Program (MPP)
    The dual BA/MPP program enables some of the better performing students pursuing an undergraduate major through the University's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences to earn both their BA and their master's degree in public policy in five years or less by counting up to 18 credits of their public policy graduate courses towards both degrees, thus significantly reducing both the time and cost of earning both degrees.

    Most students apply to the program at the end of their sophomore year to be part of the program as of their junior year and to begin graduate courses in their senior year. For further discussion of admission and degree requirements, students may consult each school's website.

    Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    The MPP is a 48-credit, 16-course professional degree combining a rigorous curriculum with practical experience. All students take six courses that cover the primary tools of policy analysis: micro-economics, statistics, political analysis, moral dimensions, management and leadership, and either financial analysis or macro-economics. Students then specialize in one of the School's five primary areas of expertise: environmental policy, international development, international security and economic policy, social policy, and management, finance, and leadership. Students then round out their coursework with either additional courses in their specialization, general policy/management electives, and/or a focus on non-profit management.

    Most MPP students take 4 courses per semester and finish the program in two years. Students may instead take 1-4 courses each semester and complete the degree in two-five years.

    Between the first and second year, and/or during the academic year, most full-time students engage in internships in international, federal, state or local government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private firms that are engaged in the policy process. In addition to offering practical experiences and the opportunity to further develop skills acquired during the first year, these internships provide students with contacts and relationships useful for future projects and job placement.

    About 150 students from a wide variety of undergraduate schools and majors, from all parts of the country, and from around the world enter the program each fall. The mean undergraduate grade point average of entering students is 3.6 and GRE scores average in the low to mid 600s.

    MPP/MS in Conservation Biology (MPP)
    As environmental problems become more scientifically and politically complex, employers and researchers in the environmental analysis and policy fields are increasingly looking to hire graduates who are well-grounded in the natural and life sciences, the workings of the public, private and non-government sectors, and the key policy analysis tools and concepts. The College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and the School of Public Policy offer a dual program of studies leading to both the MPP and the Master of Science in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology in less time and at less cost than if the degrees were obtained separately. Because they can double-count some credits taken in one program towards the other program, students complete a total of 60 credits in the dual program versus 48 in the policy school and 39 in the M.S. program, thus saving 27 credits. Otherwise the requirements of both degree programs must be met.

    Candidates must separately apply to the dual degree program in both the M.S. program and the policy school. If admitted by only one program, the student may enroll in that program.

    For further discussion of admission and degree requirements, students may consult each school's website.

    Master of Professional Studies in Public Administration (MPPA)
    The Master's of Professional Studies in Public Administration (MPPA) program provides an in-depth education for students seeking professional careers in public administration. The MPPA requires the completion of 36 credit hours in the form of 12 specified courses in various aspects of public administration and policy. The program can be completed in either 16 months or 21 months. It is particularly appropriate for international students and uses numerous examples and case studies from around the world. It is cohort-based, with all students in a cohort taking the same courses. Please check the School's website to find out when the next cohort is expected to be formed.

    Between the first and second year, and/or during the academic year, most students engage in internships in international, federal, state or local government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private firms that are engaged in public administration. In addition to offering practical experiences and the opportunity to further develop skills acquired during the first year, these internships provide students with contacts and relationships useful for future projects and job placement.

    Financial Assistance

    The School has financial aid available in the form of fellowships, graduate assistantships, and employment. All qualified applicants meeting appropriate deadlines are considered.

    Contact Information

    Office of Student Affairs
    2101 Van Munching Hall
    College Park, MD  20742
    Telephone: 301-405-6331
    Fax: 301-403-4675
    policy-applications@umd.edu

    http://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu

    Courses: PUAF

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