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Public Policy (MAPO)   

Program Title and Classification

Public Policy

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

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 (M.P.P.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Non-thesis only: 48 credits required

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 I (2 credits)

PUAF 790: Policy Engagement Project II (3 credits)

1. Environmental Policy

2. Energy Policy

3. Federal Acquisition

4. International Development Policy

5. International Security and Economic Policy

6. Management and Leadership

7. Non-profit Management and Leadership

8. Public Sector Financial Management 

9. Social Policy

10. Education Policy

11. Health Policy


Most MPP students take 4 courses per semester and finish the program in two years. Students may instead take 1-4 courses each semester and complete the degree in two-five years.

Between the first and second year, and/or during the academic year, most full-time students engage in internships in international, federal, state or local government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private firms that are engaged in the policy process. In addition to offering practical experiences and the opportunity to further develop skills acquired during the first year, these internships provide students with contacts and relationships useful for future projects and job placement.

About 150 students from a wide variety of undergraduate schools and majors, from all parts of the country, and from around the world enter the program each fall. The mean undergraduate grade point average of entering students is 3.6 and GRE scores average in the low to mid 600s.



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