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Public Policy and Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology (PPCN)   

Program Title and Classification

Public Policy and Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology

Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Policy / Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


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

This program is not currently accepting applications.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
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International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
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Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at or

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Policy and Master of Science (dual degree) (M.P.P. and M.S.)

As environmental problems become more scientifically and politically complex, employers and researchers in the environmental analysis and policy fields are increasingly looking to hire graduates who are well-grounded in the natural and life sciences, the workings of the public, private and non-government sectors, and the key policy analysis tools and concepts. The College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and the School of Public Policy offer a dual program of studies leading to both the MPP and the Master of Science in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology in less time and at less cost than if the degrees were obtained separately. Because they can double-count some credits taken in one program towards the other program, students complete a total of 60 credits in the dual program versus 48 in the policy school and 39 in the M.S. program, thus saving 27 credits. Otherwise the requirements of both degree programs must be met.

Candidates must separately apply to the dual degree program in both the M.S. program 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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