Curriculum

The MPP program is a two-year degree that requires 16 courses over two years in residence. Our core curriculum, paired with a focused social policy concentration, will provide you with a broad academic framework and the targeted skills you need to impact individuals, communities and the nation, including:

  • Superb communications skills, with a focus on writing and public speaking
  • Ability to evaluate social policies and programs through statistics and quantitative and qualitative research tools
  • A theoretical and practical understanding of how policy-related organizations operate and how the field is organized
  • An understanding of the history of social welfare policy
  • Insight into how government institutions, interest groups, political parties and leaders shape public policy
  • Knowledge of how advocacy and strategic communications frame policies and influence policy adoption
  • Opportunities to demonstrate competence in research, policy design and evaluation of social policies through coursework, internships and a capstone policy analysis project
  • Deep knowledge of a specific social policy area, such as behavioral health; health; child, youth and families; poverty alleviation; or women, gender and sexuality