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Institute for Public Policy Studies


Institute for Public Policy Studies

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Institute for Public Policy Studies (IPPS) at the Korbel School of International Studies!

The study of Public Policy at the University of Denver is dynamic, personalized and focused on creating the core skillset required of a 21st-Century decision leader.

We offer the Master's Degree in Public Policy (MPP), as well as a rigorous undergraduate degree (BA). Professional schools at the University of Denver, such as the Sturm College of Law, the Daniels College of Business, and the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science are deeply interconnected with IPPS.

On the undergraduate level, IPPS requires completion of a double major and offers a special pathway for students to seek admission to our highly competitive 4+1 program, which provides the opportunity complete the BA/MPP in five years.

Public Policy Degrees at IPPS are evidence-based, with a strong focus on analytics, data, and problem solving. IPPS students graduate with s job-ready skillset, equally applicable to decision-making and leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The curriculum is issue-based and strategic. The MPP graduate knows how to define policy problems across disciplinary boundaries and learns methodologies to evaluate and implement alternative courses of action within corporations, regulatory agencies, and governmental organizations.

Intensive Great Issues Forums provide cutting edge opportunities to study emerging issues, like innovation and technology, antitrust, privacy, health care, education, fiscal policy, national security, economic growth, and metropolitan dynamics. We maintain close affiliations with leading think tanks, such as the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and with important political figures like former three-term Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm and former United States Senator Hank Brown.

Sophisticated study of history, law, empirical techniques, and strategy makes degrees in Public Policy both valuable and versatile, in a time a momentous societal, political, and technological change. Studying Public Policy at the Institute for Public Policy Studies will provide a significant "return on investment" that will last a lifetime!

-Richard Caldwell, Director