MPP program of study

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

42 credits required.  

    • 30 hours in ten core classes in the School of Public Affairs.
    • 12 additional hours of approved elective courses which may include courses offered by the School or other academic units in the University.

Core Courses (30 hours)

  • PAF 501 Public Service Research I
  • PAF 502 Public Service Research II (must be taken the semester after completing PAF 501)
  • PAF 504 Microeconomics of the Public Sector I
  • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis
  • PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis (fall only)
  • PAF 541 Program Evaluation (fall only)
  • PAF 570 Microeconomics of the Public Sector II (fall only)
  • PAF 573 Applied Econometrics (spring only)
  • PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics and Leading Public Change
  • PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone OR PAF 579 Public Policy Capstone

Elective Courses (12 hours)

  • PAF 523 The City and County Manager
  • PAF 525 Public Entrepreneurship
  • PAF 530 Management of Urban Government (spring only)
  • PAF 534 Urban Services Infrastructure (fall only)
  • PAF 546 Environmental Policy and Management
  • PAF 547 Science, Technology and Public Affairs
  • PAF 548 Women, Politics and Public Policy
  • PAF 549 Diversity Issues in Public Policy
  • PAF 564 Political Economy
  • PAF 584 Internship (3 credit maximum)
  • PAF 590 Readings and Conference (6 credit maximum)
  • PAF 591 Comparative Public Policy
  • PAF 591 Ending Homelessness through Public Policy
  • PAF 591 Introduction to Policy Informatics
  • PAF 591 Complexity and Public Policy Management
  • PAF 591 Urban Economic Development
  • PAF 610 Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Approved Graduate Interdisciplinary Courses

Sequences of Course Prerequisites

  • Undergrad statistics/research course is a pre-req for PAF 501
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 502
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505, PAF 505 is a pre-req for PAF 540
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 541
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 570
  • PAF 502 is a pre-req for PAF 573
  • First nine core courses are pre-reqs for PAF 509 or 579. See note below.

Note: Knowledge gained in the first nine core courses will be needed for the Capstone course (PAF 509 or 579)

 Note: Suggested course sequences for full-time and part-time status are at the bottom of this page.

 

There are four approved concentration areas within the Master of Public Policy degree

  1. Environmental Policy
  2. Policy Informatics (see note 1)
  3. Science and Technology Policy (see note 1)
  4. Urban Policy (see note 1)

Note 1: This concentration was eliminated effective Feb 5, 2018. Any student admitted to or who declared this concentration prior to this date will be allowed to complete this concentration as long as they remain continuously enrolled.

 The concentration in Policy Informatics combines mastery of advanced methods for processing information with domain expertise that will help humans understand complex social phenomena and achieve goals within public and governance applications. The concentration in Environmental Policy is designed to prepare master’s level students to apply sustainability principles and approaches to careers in a variety of fields that address environmental and, inevitably, human challenges. The concentration in Science and Technology Policy provides knowledge and skills for students seeking or advancing careers in areas where science and technology are guided by public policy or where science and technology play an integral role in the policy process. The concentration in Urban Policy provides knowledge and skills for students seeking or advancing careers in areas in which urban dynamics and local governance play an integral role in the policy process. This concentration's program emphasizes theories and research concerning urban policy analysis and economics as well as urban management, urban city government, public budgeting and finance in an urban context.

It is not required to complete a concentration. Programs of Study for the four concentrations are listed below.

 

MPP Policy Informatics Concentration (see note below)

Note: This concentration was eliminated effective Feb 5, 2018. Any student admitted to or who declared this concentration prior to this date will be allowed to complete this concentration as long as they remain continuously enrolled.

 42 credits required.

    • 30 hours in ten core classes in the School of Public Affairs.
    • 9 hours of concentration courses
    • 3 hours of approved elective courses which may include courses offered by the School or other academic units in the University. 

 Core Courses (30 hours)

  • PAF 501 Public Service Research I
  • PAF 502 Public Service Research II (must be taken the semester after completing PAF 501)
  • PAF 504 Microeconomics of the Public Sector I
  • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis
  • PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis (fall only)
  • PAF 541 Program Evaluation (fall only)
  • PAF 570 Microeconomics of the Public Sector II (fall only)
  • PAF 573 Applied Econometrics (spring only)
  • PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics and Leading Public Change
  • PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone OR PAF 579 Public Policy Capstone

Concentration Courses (9 hours)

  • PAF 582 E-Public Administration
  • PAF 591 Introduction to Policy Informatics
  • PAF 591 Complexity in Public Policy & Management

Electives (3 hours)

  • PAF Regular courses (500-level or above)
  • PAF 590 Readings and Conference (6 credit maximum)
  • PAF 584 Internship (3 credit maximum)
  • Approved Graduate Interdisciplinary Courses

Sequences of Course Prerequisites

  • Undergrad statistics/research course is a pre-req for PAF 501
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 502
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505, PAF 505 is a pre-req for PAF 540
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 541
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 570
  • PAF 502 is a pre-req for PAF 573
  • First nine core courses are pre-reqs for PAF 509 or 579. See note below.
  • Note: Knowledge gained in the first nine core courses will be needed for the Capstone course (PAF 509 or 579)

 Note: Suggested course sequences for full-time and part-time status are at the bottom of this page.

 

MPP Environmental Policy Concentration

42 credits required.

    • 30 hours in ten core classes in the School of Public Affairs.
    • 6 hours of concentration courses
    • 3 hours from a restricted elective course list
    • 3 hours of approved elective courses which may include courses offered by the School or other academic units in the University. 

Core Courses (30 hours)

  • PAF 501 Public Service Research I
  • PAF 502 Public Service Research II (must be taken the semester after completing PAF 501)
  • PAF 504 Microeconomics of the Public Sector I
  • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis
  • PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis (fall only)
  • PAF 541 Program Evaluation (fall only)
  • PAF 570 Microeconomics of the Public Sector II (fall only)
  • PAF 573 Applied Econometrics (spring only)
  • PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics and Leading Public Change
  • PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone OR PAF 579 Public Policy Capstone

Concentration Courses (6 hours)

  • PAF 545 Organizations, Sustainability & Public Policy
  • PAF 546 Environmental Policy and Management

Restricted Elective - One additional course shown below (3 hours)

  • CRD 572 Community and Social Innovations
  • PAF 584 Internship (3 credit maximum)
  • PUP 548 Planning for Sustainable Communities
  • PUP 565 Sustainable Urbanism
  • SOS 512 Sustainable Resource Allocation
  • SOS 513 Science for Sustainability
  • SOS 514 Human Dimensions for Sustainability
  • SOS 517 Sustainability and Enterprise
  • SOS 530 International Development & Sustainability
  • SOS 532 Sustainable Urban Dynamics
  • SOS 533 Sustainable Water
  • SOS 534 Sustainable Energy & Material Use
  • SOS 536 Food System Sustainability
  • SOS 553 Ecological Anthropology
  • SOS 591 Adaptation, Resilience & Transformation
  • SOS 591 Environmental Ethics and Policy Goals
  • SOS 598 Urban Ecological Systems
  • SOS 598 Sustainable Futures Studio
  • SOS 598 Human and Social Dimensions of Global Climate Change
  • SOS 598 US Energy: Pathways to Sustainability
  • TDM 570 Sustainable Tourism

Electives (3 hours)

  • PAF Regular courses (500-level or above)
  • PAF 590 Readings and Conference (6 credit maximum)
  • PAF 584 Internship (3 credit maximum)
  • Approved Graduate Interdisciplinary Courses

Sequences of Course Prerequisites

  • Undergrad statistics/research course is a pre-req for PAF 501
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 502
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505, PAF 505 is a pre-req for PAF 540
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 541
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 570
  • PAF 502 is a pre-req for PAF 573
  • First nine core courses are pre-reqs for PAF 509 or 579. See note below.
  • Note: Knowledge gained in the first nine core courses will be needed for the Capstone course (PAF 509 or 579)

 Note: Suggested course sequences for full-time and part-time status are at the bottom of this page.

 

MPP Science and Technology Policy Concentration (see note below)

Note: This concentration was eliminated effective Feb 5, 2018. Any student admitted to or who declared this concentration prior to this date will be allowed to complete this concentration as long as they remain continuously enrolled.

42 credits required.

    • 30 hours in ten core classes in the School of Public Affairs.
    • 6 hours of concentration courses
    • 3 hours from a restricted elective course list
    • 3 hours of approved elective courses which may include courses offered by the School or other academic units in the University. 

Core Courses (30 hours)

  • PAF 501 Public Service Research I
  • PAF 502 Public Service Research II (must be taken the semester after completing PAF 501)
  • PAF 504 Microeconomics of the Public Sector I
  • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis
  • PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis (fall only)
  • PAF 541 Program Evaluation (fall only)
  • PAF 570 Microeconomics of the Public Sector II (fall only)
  • PAF 573 Applied Econometrics (spring only)
  • PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics and Leading Public Change
  • PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone OR PAF 579 Public Policy Capstone

Concentration Courses (6 hours)

  • HSD 501 Science and Technology Policy
  • PAF 591 Innovation Policy

Restricted Elective - One additional course shown below (3 hours)

  • HSD 502 Advanced Science and Technology Policy
  • HSD 598 Disability Technology, Ethics and Policy
  • HSD 598 Policy and Leadership for Systems Innovation
  • PAF 525 Public Entrepreneurship
  • PAF 546 Environmental Policy and Management
  • PAF 547 Science, Technology and Public Affairs

Electives (3 hours)

  • PAF Regular courses (500-level or above)
  • PAF 590 Readings and Conference (6 credit maximum)
  • PAF 584 Internship (3 credit maximum)
  • Approved Graduate Interdisciplinary Courses

Sequences of Course Prerequisites

  • Undergrad statistics/research course is a pre-req for PAF 501
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 502
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505, PAF 505 is a pre-req for PAF 540
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 541
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 570
  • PAF 502 is a pre-req for PAF 573
  • PAF 501 through PAF 508 are pre-reqs for PAF 509 or 579. See note below.

Note: Knowledge gained in the first eight core courses (PAF 501 through 508) will be needed for the Capstone course (PAF 509 or 579)

 Note: Suggested course sequences for full-time and part-time status are at the bottom of this page.

 

MPP Urban Policy concentration (see note below)

Note: This concentration was eliminated effective Feb 5, 2018. Any student admitted to or who declared this concentration prior to this date will be allowed to complete this concentration as long as they remain continuously enrolled.

42 credits required.

    • 30 hours in ten core classes in the School of Public Affairs.
    • 12 hours of concentration courses

Core Courses (30 hours)

  • PAF 501 Public Service Research I
  • PAF 502 Public Service Research II (must be taken the semester after completing PAF 501)
  • PAF 504 Microeconomics of the Public Sector I
  • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis
  • PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis (fall only)
  • PAF 541 Program Evaluation (fall only)
  • PAF 570 Microeconomics of the Public Sector II (fall only)
  • PAF 573 Applied Econometrics (spring only)
  • PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics and Leading Public Change
  • PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone OR PAF 579 Public Policy Capstone

Concentration Courses (12 hours)

  • PAF 506 Public Budgeting & Finance
  • PAF 544 Urban Policy
  • Two additional courses from the following:
    • ESS 510 Urban Environments (4)
    • PAF 534 Urban Services Infrastructure (3) (fall only)
    • PAF 571 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Analysis
    • PUP 525 Urban Housing Issues (3)
    • PAF 584 Internship (2 or 3 hours)

Sequences of Course Prerequisites

  • Undergrad statistics/research course is a pre-req for PAF 501
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 502
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 505, PAF 505 is a pre-req for PAF 540
  • PAF 501 is a pre-req for PAF 541
  • PAF 504 is a pre-req for PAF 570
  • PAF 502 is a pre-req for PAF 573
  • PAF 501 through PAF 508 are pre-reqs for PAF 509 or 579. See note below.

Note: Knowledge gained in the first eight core courses (PAF 501 through 508) will be needed for the Capstone course (PAF 509 or 579)

 Note: Suggested course sequences for full-time and part-time status are listed below.

 

MPP Suggested Course Sequences 
Full-time and Part-time

 

MPP full-time, fall start

Fall
PAF 501, PAF 504, PAF 574

Spring
PAF 502, PAF 505, elective, elective

Fall
PAF 540 (fall only), PAF 541 (fall only), PAF 570 (fall only)

Spring
PAF 509 or 579, PAF 573 (spring only), elective, elective

Note: Taking summer classes could lighten spring or fall loads but will not decrease time to graduation because of the fall- and spring-only classes.

 

MPP full-time, spring start

Spring
PAF 501, PAF 504, PAF 574

Fall
PAF 502, PAF 541 (fall only), PAF 570 (fall only), elective

Spring
PAF 573 (spring only), PAF 505, elective, elective

Fall
PAF 540 (fall only), PAF 509 OR 579, elective

Note: Taking summer classes could lighten spring or fall loads but will not decrease time to graduation because of the fall- and spring-only classes.

 

MPP part-time, fall start

Fall
PAF 501, PAF 504

Spring
PAF 502, PAF 505

Fall
PAF 540 (fall only), PAF 541 (fall only)

Spring
PAF 573 (spring only), elective

Fall
PAF 570 (fall only), PAF 574

Spring
Elective, elective

Fall
PAF 509 OR 579, elective

Note: Taking summer classes can decrease time to graduation

 

MPP part-time, spring start

Spring
PAF 501, PAF 504

Fall
PAF 502, PAF 505

Spring
PAF 573 (spring only), elective

Fall
PAF 540 (fall only), PAF 541 (fall only)

Spring
Elective, elective

Fall
PAF 570 (fall only), PAF 574

Spring
PAF 509 OR 579, elective

Note: Taking summer classes can decrease time to graduation