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Institute for Public Policy Studies


Institute for Public Policy Studies

The DU Difference

The DU DIfference

Why Get a Degree in Public Policy?

Since 1981, the University of Denver has been committed to the development of tomorrow's leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors through an innovative, analytical core curriculum. The rigorous coursework of the Masters of Public Policy degree will prepare students to face tomorrow's public policy challenges with the tools essential for sound judgment, articulation and innovative analysis skills. Students will be prepared to be responsive to the most challenging issues facing our nation.

Where Are Our Alumni Today?

Public Policy graduates go to great things! Alumni have gone on to pursue opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. They work for government, non-profit organizations and private business.

The following is a small sample of employment positions that IPPS graduates have held in recent years:

  •  Government & Politics
    • Policy Analyst, Colorado Department of State
    • Deputy Chief of Staff, Colorado Office of the Lt. Governor
    • Legislative Analyst, Colorado Joint Budget Committee
    • Chief Economist, Colorado Governor's Office of State Planning
  •  Nonprofit
    • Policy Director, American Cancer Society
    • Deputy Director, Center for Sustainable Communities
    • Senior Policy Officer, Colorado Health Foundation
  •  Law
    • Deputy Public Defender, Colorado State Public Defender
    • Staff Attorney, Mountain States Legal Foundation
  • Business
    • Director of Global Public Policy, Eli Lilly Company
    • Senior Administrator, National Renewable Energies Laboratories
    • Assistant Program Director, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence
How is DU's Public Policy Program Unique?
  • Faculty Expertise. Faculty members in the public policy program are academics, policy experts, legal scholars, and former and current elected officials. Our instructors represent a wide range of policy expertise, including policy history, economics, health policy, regulatory policy lobbying, education policy, constitutional law, and quantitative analysis.
  • Small Class Size. The intimate classroom setting allows students to fully utilize the knowledge of their faculty and peers to sharpen their academic learning experience. The personalize attention given to students from the faculty and staff of the public policy program is unparalleled in escalating the students potential for learning and career advancement.
Why Study in Denver?
  • The DU campus is located just minutes from downtown Denver - a regional hub for major corporations, financial institutions, law firms, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and more government offices than any other U.S. city outside of Washington, D.C.
  • A young and health-conscious city with plenty of options for outdoor recreation
  • A rich local scene for culture and entertainment