About our programs

Our master’s curriculum emphasizes research, analytic, communication and management skills that are highly transferable across sectors, issue areas, and geographical regions—all offered with an applied approach to policy training, providing hands-on learning around real-world problems. Low administrative barriers between schools and units give students the flexibility to combine their policy courses with electives offered by the University of Michigan’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. Pioneered here at the University of Michigan in 2001, the model is still shared with just a handful of other universities.


Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy

Supplemental Studies in Public Policy Program

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

Joint PhD in Public Policy

Dual masters degrees with other U-M Schools

Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Public Policy

PPIA Junior Summer Institute