What degree programs does the Ford School offer?
We offer six degree programs: a BA in public policy (for upper-level undergraduate students), a two-year Master of Public Policy (48 credits), a one-year Master of Public Affairs (33 credits), and three joint PhD programs in Public Policy and Economics or Political Science or Sociology. Our MPP program is the largest of these programs, admitting about 100 students per year. Twenty students enroll in the MPA each year; and the PhD program enrolls between four and six students annually.
What is the difference between the MPP and the MPA?
The MPA is a one-year degree for mid-career professionals with at least five years of full-time professional experience in government, military, government affairs in the private sector, or the nonprofit sector - in the U.S. or abroad.
How many students attend the Ford School?
There are approximately 450 students in residence at the Ford School (which includes roughly 250 MPP/MPA students, 150 BA students, and 50 PhD students).
How big are the classes?
Class size varies depending on the particular course. Our core courses can be as large as 80 students, while our seminars can be as small as 10 students.
What is the demographic makeup of the classes?
The student body at the Ford School is a rich mix of people from different backgrounds, different parts of the world, and with different kinds of experiences. The commonalities among our students are a deep desire to make a difference in the world and a commitment to develop the skills needed to do so. The 2018 incoming MPP/MPA class was typical in the extent of its diversity across age, country of origin, and race/ethnicity:
- Incoming class size: 117
- Average age: 27.3
- Age range: 21–53
- Average work experience: 4 years
- Non-U.S.: 16.2%
- Students of color (U.S. only): 35.8%
- Female: 50.4%
- Male: 49.6%
- Countries of Origin: 10
What can I study at the Ford School?
The Ford School offers a balanced curriculum that exposes students to domestic and international policy, quantitative and qualitative policy analysis, management, and evaluation. We offer courses in the following areas: Social, Welfare & Labor Market Policy, Quantitative Analysis, International Policy, Economic Policy, and Public Management. In addition, we offer joint and dual degree programs with many other schools on campus like the Schools of Business, Law, Architecture & Urban Planning, Social Work, Public Health, Education, and Information.
Do you have an international affairs program?
The Ford School offers students training in both domestic and international policy. Students with interests in international policy receive training in quantitative analysis, economic policy, program evaluation, and management. They also have a wealth of electives from which to choose—both inside and outside the Ford School—that will enhance their knowledge of international policy. There is an active international policy student group and a core group of faculty members whose work focuses on international policy.
Our students also take advantage of a wide variety of international resources available to students at the University of Michigan including outstanding area studies programs—Asian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Russian and Eastern European Studies to name a few—and institutes and centers at the University that house scholars, conferences, and programs that deal with a range of international issues.
Do you offer any part-time programs?
Our classes are taught primarily during the day, making it difficult to pursue a degree while working. While we have occasional part-time students, pursuing the program this way is uncommon. Decisions about whether a student can pursue the program part-time are made on a case-by-case basis.
Do you offer dual degrees?
We offer 14 formal dual and joint degree programs. We also offer students the choice of pursuing an individually designed/student initiated dual degree if a program does not exist that fits their interests. Students applying to dual degree programs must apply and be admitted to both units separately. Consequently dual degree applicants need to be attentive to the deadline dates and application procedures for both programs, as these will vary according to the unit.