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; prereq for students without microeconomics background; 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]
  • MPP 507-Professional Development Seminar for First Year Students [1 credit]
  • MPP 507-Professional Development Seminar for Second Year Students [1 credit]
  • SOC 515-Understanding Social Research [4 credits]
  • SOC 516-Conducting Quantitative Social Research [4 credits] - or- SOC 518-Qualitative Research Methods [4 credits]
  • SOC 519-Applied Research Methods [4 credits]
  • PPOL 501-MPP Essay [6 credits]

36 credits subtotal for core courses


  • Additional Requirements [10 credits]: Pre-Service Students: MPP 510-Internship [10 credits]
  • Students with Prior Relevant Work Experience: 10 credits of additional approved course work

46 total core credits