As a first-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) student, you generally take four core courses in the fall semester, plus one elective course, and four core courses in the spring semester, plus one elective course. You are recommended to take a total of 40 credits during your first year. You will need to earn at least 72 credits in order 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)
- Markets and Market Failure (API-101, 4 credits)
- Economic 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)
- Political Institutions and Public Policy—American Politics or Comparative Politics (DPI-101, 4 credits)
- The Responsibilities of Public Action (DPI-201, 4 credits)
- Fundamentals of Negotiation Analysis (MLD-220M, 2 credits)
- Democratic Leadership Skills: Managing Self and Others (MLD-501M, 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.