Master of Public Policy Curriculum

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program requires the completion of 12 to 13 courses (36-39 credits total). When planning your course of study, be sure to follow the set of requirements for your term of admission, as program requirements may change over time. The following reflects the curriculum for the current incoming class:

Core Coursework (8 courses | 24 credits)

Students take one required course and one elective in each of the four elements below.

Practice

Required: PUBP 500 – Theory and Practice in Public Policy
Gateway course: Required in the first semester

Choose ONE of the following courses:

  • PUBP 570: Policy Writing Fundamentals
  • PUBP 730: U.S. Institutions and the Policy Process
  • PUAD 649: Advocacy and Lobbying
  • POGO 750: Project Management
  • POGO 750: Public Sector Leadership
  • POGO 750: Policy Communication

Analysis

Required: POGO 511 – Introductory Data Analysis for Policy and Government
Prerequisite: Passing grade on statistical screening exam; For more information, please visit schar.gmu.edu/511

Choose ONE of the following courses:

  • GOVT 500: The Scientific Method and Research Design
  • POGO 611: Adv. Data Analysis for Policy and Government
  • POGO 646: Policy and Program Evaluation
  • POGO 793: Big Data Analytics for Policy and Government
  • PUBP 754: GIS for Public Policy
  • PUBP 791: Adv. Field Research for Policy – Theory/Method
  • *POGO 750: Special Topics Elective

Governance

Required: PUBP 741 – U.S. Financial Policy Processes and Procedures
Prerequisite: PUBP 720- Managerial Economics and Policy Analysis

Choose ONE of the following courses:

  • PUBP 503: Culture, Organization, and Technology
  • PUBP 761: Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
  • ITRN 605: Technology, Culture and Commerce
  • POGO 750: Social Media Privacy and Innovation
  • POGO 750: Biological and Environmental Data Science for Policy

Economics

Required: PUBP 720 – Managerial Economics and Policy Analysis
Prerequisite: PUBP 555-Economics Math Workshop

Choose ONE of the following courses:

  • ITRN 503: Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy
  • ITRN 791: Advanced Trade Policy
  • PUBP 732: Labor Markets and Policies
  • PUBP 792: Advanced Economic Analysis for Policy Research
  • *POGO 750: Special Topics Elective

Emphasis or Elective Courses (4 courses or 12 credits)

Students may choose one of emphasis areas listed below. With prior written approval from the academic advisor, students have the option to design their own emphasis area.

  • Education Policy
  • Global Medical and Health Policy
  • International Governance and Institutions
  • National Security and Public Policy
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption
  • Transportation Policy
  • U.S. Government Institutions and Policy Management
  • Urban Policy and Development

Learn more about the MPP emphasis areas.

Professional Internship (1 course | 3 credits)

This requirement may be waived upon approval (generally for students with two or more years of professional policy-related experience).

Flexible Schedule

You will have the flexibility to earn your degree on a part-time or full-time basis, allowing you to build out your course schedule to complement your personal and professional commitments. Students may take up to 9 credits per semester and have up to five years to complete the degree.