As a first-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) student, you generally take five core courses plus one elective in the fall, and four core courses plus one elective in the spring semester. We recommend that you take a total of 40 credits during your first year out of the minimum of 72 credits required to graduate.
While you might earn exemptions from certain core requirements, we encourage you to replace those courses with an equal number of electives during your first year.
Core Required Courses (First Year)
- Resources, Incentives, and Choices I: Markets and Market Failures (API-101, 4 credits)
- Resources, Incentives, and Choices II: Analysis of Public Policy (API-102, 4 credits)
- Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods (API-201, 4 credits)
- Empirical Methods II (API-202, 4 credits)
- Policy Design and Delivery (API-501, 4 credits)
- Democratic Leadership Skills: Ethics and Politics (DPI-200, 4 credits)
- Enhancing Your Personal Leadership Effectiveness (MLD-210M, 2 credits)
- Fundamentals of Negotiation Analysis (MLD-220M, 2 credits)
- Spring Exercise (API-500M, 2 credits)
Core Required Courses (Second Year)
- Policy Area of Concentration (PAC) year-long seminar, including completion of the Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) (4 credits)
- PAC electives (8-24 credits dependent on PAC/Concentration)
You must earn a B- or better in all of your required MPP core courses, including PAC requirements, and a passing grade for the PAE and PAC year-long seminar.
Overall, you must have a B average or better for your 72 credits to graduate with an MPP degree. These total credits must include the required courses, your PAC courses, and electives.