Relevance: our applied approach
The Ford School emphasizes an applied approach to policy education, providing students with a wide range of opportunities to use what they’ve learned in the classroom through hands-on, practical policy experiences.
At work in the world
A required policy-relevant summer internship allows MPP students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a significant problem in their policy area of interest. With support from the school’s well-resourced Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations Office, students secure internships with an impressive range of domestic and international employers.
Real world consulting
Learn more about our applied policy seminar, a three-credit course, offered each semester, that gives students an opportunity to complete a commissioned policy project for a public sector client under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Integrated policy exercise
Read more about our Integrated Policy Exercise, a policy simulation that is a required element of our MPP curriculum.
Read about for-credit opportunities to actively engage with real-world policy challenges.
Prepared to make an immediate impact
The Ford School environment and curriculum give master's students the professional capabilities needed for a successful policy career:
The Ford School is a nationally recognized leader in quantitative analysis. In addition, a core class teaches strategies for understanding and dealing effectively within complex political organizations. Another core course explores the ethical dimensions of policy analysis and management.
Writing and communication skills are an essential component of a public policy education. The Ford School provides a well-staffed writing center that offers one-on-one tutorials and policy-writing modules designed to help students articulate public policy knowledge in writing that is accurate, logical, and concise. Presentation and oral communication skills are woven into our curriculum.
Collaboration, teamwork, diversity
In a world often stymied by partisanship and gridlock, the Ford School emphasizes collaboration and civil, reasoned debate. Students at the Ford School represent great diversity—in race and ethnicity, in political viewpoints, in life experiences, in professional interests, in socioeconomic status, and more. Faculty foster a collaborative spirit among students, emphasizing team-based projects and challenging students to examine, share, and articulate their views. The goal: graduates who are equipped to lead in an increasingly diverse world.
Leadership and management
A core class focuses on the management and negotiation skills needed for effective public sector leadership. Students play an active role in the school, leading student organizations, serving on school-wide committees, reaching out to prospective students, and organizing public service activities like our annual charity auction.