Master of Public Policy

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average At least 2.75/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study, including all work taken in the term in which the student began the final 60 semester hours of study. 
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL iBT 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21, OR,
    • IELTS Academic 6.5, with 6.0 in each of the four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Personal Statement Required. Applicants must submit a brief statement of their professional goals and academic interests.
  • Additional Materials
    • Required: Applicants must submit a resume.
    • Optional: Applicants may submit a 5–10 page writing sample and up to three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from instructors familiar with the applicant’s academic training or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s professional experiences. 
  • Nondegree Applicants Nondegree Applicants must submit an official transcript from their baccalaureate institution, resume, and a letter stating which courses they would like to take and why they feel nondegree admission would be beneficial.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 54.
  • Coursework
Required Courses (38 hours)
Foundations of Public Service
Principles of Data Analysis
Economics for Management and Policy
Data Management
Public Policy Development and Process
Public Policy Analysis
Public Program Evaluation
Advanced Data Analysis I
Public Administration Capstone
Managing Your Career
Professional Portfolio
Policy Area Specialization (8 hours)
Select 8 semester hours within a policy area specialization in health policy, educational policy, environmental policy and urban planning, housing and community development, or a specialization approved by the director of graduate studies or advisor.
Electives (8 hours)
Select 8 semester hours with the approval of the advisor.
  • Grade Point Average Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00/4.00 in the program in order to graduate and must receive a C or higher in all required courses.
  • Comprehensive Examination: None
  • Thesis, Project, or Coursework-Only Options: Coursework only. No other options available.