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 3.00/4.00 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. Applications with a GPA below 3.0 must be approved by the Graduate College.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required from instructors familiar with the applicant’s academic training or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s professional experiences.
  • Personal Statement Required. Applicants must submit a 2–3 page statement of their professional goals and academic interests.
  • Additional Materials Applicants must submit a resume and a 5–10 page writing sample.

Degree Requirements

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

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 54.
  • Course Work
Course Title
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, environemental 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 Course-Work-Only Options: Course work only. No other options available.