A minimum of 62 quarter credit hours are required for graduation, 46 in required core courses and 16+ in the preferred areas of concentration: Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, International Policy, Law and Crime Policy, Rural Policy, Science and Technology Policy or Social Policy.

Required Core Courses:

ECON 517

Microeconomic Theory for MPP Students [4 credits; for students without microeconomics background-prereq for ECON 524 and ECON 539; counts as elective credits]

ECON 524

Introduction to Econometrics [4 credits]

ECON 539

Public Policy Analysis [4 credits]

PS 571

Public Policy Theory [4 credits]

PS 572

Public Administration [4 credits]; Course will change to PPOL 511 - Public Organizations and Leadership in 2018-19.

MPP 507

Professional Development Seminar for First Year Students [1 credit]

MPP 507

Professional Development Seminar for Second Year Students [1 credit]

PPOL 521

Understanding Social Research [4 credits]

PPOL 522 or
PPOL 523

Conducting Quantitative Social Research [4 credits] - or- PPOL 523-Qualitative Research Methods [4 credits]

PPOL 524

Applied Research Methods [4 credits]

PPOL 501

MPP Essay [6 credits]

36 credits subtotal for core courses


  • Additional Requirements [10 credits]: Option for Pre-Service Students: PPOL 510-Internship [10 credits]
  • Students with Prior Relevant Work Experience: 10 credits of additional approved course work (electives).

46 total core credits