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Public Policy and Law (LMPO)   

Program Title and Classification

Public Policy and Law

Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Policy


The School of Public Policy is one of the nation’s leading graduate programs devoted to the study of public policy, management and international affairs, with particular expertise in the fields of environmental policy, energy policy, international development, international security and economic policy, health policy, education policy, social policy, non-profit management, public management and leadership,acquisitions, and public finance. The School offers a wide variety of master’s programs, joint degree programs, graduate certificate programs, and one of the nation’s premier doctorate programs. The School’s location just outside of Washington, D.C. attracts a stellar faculty of scholar-practitioners who are experts in the theory and practice of public policy and management and influential participants in the nation’s policy-making process. The location and faculty in turn attract outstanding students by providing them, not only an in-depth, rich curriculum, but extensive exposure to and interaction with the real-life world of policy-making, the federal government, the international diplomatic community, state and local governments, and a host of non-governmental and multinational organizations. It is one of the few policy schools to combine state, national and international policy study under one roof, and to take into account policy interests in all sectors of the economy, thus allowing both faculty and students to study the full range of issues in all courses and in all research.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplementary Application
  • JD application: Law School (JD) Requirements: applicants should check with the University of Maryland Law School. Applicants must apply to the M.P.P. and law programs separately and be accepted by both programs.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
16 May (Final) / 17 Jan (Preferred for funding)15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Mar29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctorate (dual degree) (M.P.P. and J.D.)

Core Requirements

Students are required to complete 114 total credits with 39 credits in Public Policy and 75 credits taken in Law.

Required Public Policy courses include:

PUAF 688E: Normative and Political Dimensions of Public Policy (3 credits)

PUAF 688G: Management and Accountability (3 credits)

PUAF 640: Microeconomics (3 credits)

PUAF 610: Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (3 credits)

PUAF 688I: Macroeconomics (2 credits)

PUAF 688R: Budgeting and Finance (2 credits)

PUAF 688Y: Practicing Public Policy in the 21st Century (3 credits)

PUAF 688T: Team-Based Policy Lab (3 credits)

PUAF 699W: Policy Engagement Project (2 credits)

PUAF 790: Policy Engagement Project (3 credits)


The University of Maryland School of Law (located in Baltimore) and the School of Public Policy offer a dual program of studies leading to both the MPP and JD degrees, in less time (often four years) and at less cost than if the degrees were obtained separately. Because they can double-count 9 credits taken at each school towards the other school, students complete 75 (versus 84) credits at the law school and 39 (versus 48) credits in the policy school, thus saving 18 credits.

Candidates must separately apply to the dual degree program in both the law school and the policy school. If admitted by only one program, the student may enroll in that program.

For further discussion of admission and degree requirements, students may consult each school's website.



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