Top-ranked degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels
About our programs
Our rigorous master’s degrees prepare students to find collaborative, creative solutions to complex challenges in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. With low administrative barriers between schools, students can easily combine their policy courses with electives offered by the U-M's outstanding professional schools—including law, business, education and urban planning—and top-ranked social science departments.
Our undergraduate program offers a liberal arts degree, based in the social sciences, that gives students the knowledge and skills needed to analyze policy problems, understand the stakes, and create viable solutions. In classes and seminars that average just 24 students, our undergraduates work in groups with world-class faculty, bringing diverse talents to bear on real-world policy issues, and laying the groundwork for equally diverse professions.
And our highly-competitive joint doctoral program—in which candidates combine their public policy studies with disciplinary work in economics, political science, or sociology—represents a unique approach.