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Public Policy

Public Policy 2013-2014

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Policy

The MPP is a two-year, 60-quarter-hour program. Students must complete:

  • 60 quarter-hours of MPP-approved credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Seven core courses (28 hours)
  • Six Great Issues Forums (12 hours)
  • Policy Memorandum research credit (four hours)
  • Electives (16 hours)
  • Optional internship (up to five hours)
  • Optional independent study (up to five hours)

Core Course Requirements

  • PPOL 4100 The American Public Policy System
  • PPOL 4400 Analytical and Critical Skills
  • PPOL 4600 Regulatory Policy
  • PPOL 4700 Public Management and Budgeting
  • PPOL 4200 Microeconomics for Public Policy Analysis (Quantitative Series 1/3)
  • PPOL 4300 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis (Quantitative Series 2/3)
  • PPOL 4500 Cost-Benefit Analysis (Quantitative Series 3/3)

Courses in Other Departments
Students may earn elective credits from other departments if approved by the director in advance.

Great Issues Forums
The Great Issues Forums are a series of policy seminars focused on the nation's most important current issues. The graduate program in public policy offers five of these two-day, full-day courses every year for two quarter hours of credit each. Students must complete six forums (12 hours) to earn the MPP. The topics of these seminars rotate frequently, as expertise and events warrant, and are an integral part of the MPP program.

Policy Memorandum
As the capstone project of the MPP experience, the Policy Memorandum integrates the knowledge and skills learned in and outside the classroom. The Policy Memorandum provides an opportunity to experience firsthand the type of practical and professional work often required of a policy analyst. Students identify and define a real-world policy issue; analyze the issue by conducting research, gathering data and interviewing professionals with opposing views; analyze the costs and benefits of the issue; and recommend courses of action.

Dual Degree Programs
The dual-degree or flexible dual-degree programs give you the opportunity to enhance your future career by combining your MPP with several other relevant graduate degrees. The MPP program offers a formal dual-degree with the Sturm College of Law and many other flexible dual-degree options with the Daniels College of Business, Graduate School of Social Work, Conflict Resolution Institute, School of Communication and Graduate School of International Studies, among others.

In conjunction with other graduate programs at the University of Denver, MPP students can take specialized and approved courses in various policy specific areas. Policy emphases are available in the following areas:

  • Education Policy
  • Business and Government
  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Social Policy and Nonprofit Management
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Each emphasis has a distinct list of requirements that will fulfill the MPP elective credits. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore experiential learning opportunities such as internships in the specific area as well as complete the required Policy Memorandum on a topic that is relevant to the emphasis.