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Institute for Public Policy Studies


Institute for Public Policy Studies

Programs of Study

The Institute for Public Policy Studies offers three unique degree programs designed to give you the opportunity to analyze, create, and articulate innovative policies responsive to the most challenging issues facing this nation, while respecting and supporting your passion to serve responsibly.

A degree in public policy will prepare students to meet the challenges of the competitive and continually evolving areas of government, private and nonprofit policy analysis.

Why Public Policy at the University of Denver?

Faculty expertise—Faculty members in the MPP 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 personalized attention the MPP program faculty and staff members give students is unparalleled in escalating their potential for learning and career advancement.

Flexibility—All MPP classes are offered in the evenings or weekends, allowing you to gain real-life public policy experience during the day through full-time employment or policy internships. In addition, our flexible dual-degree program gives you the opportunity to enhance your future career by combining your MPP with several other relevant graduate degrees, including those from the Sturm College of Law, the Daniels College of Business, the Graduate School of Social Work and Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Location—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.