Our master’s curriculum emphasizes research, analytic, 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.
Master's degrees offered
Our two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a 48-credit degree program with a required policy-relevant internship between the first and second years of study. The MPP degree at the Ford School is a generalist degree, through which students gain research, analytic, management and communications skills that are highly transferable across sectors, policy issue areas, and geographic regions. Students build their knowledge and skills through the core curriculum, and then tailor their educational experiences through the flexibility of having a significant number of elective credits.
In addition, beginning in Fall 2019, Ford School MPP students will be able to gain further depth in an area of great interest and passion through optional policy concentrations in five areas: public policy and analysis methods; public & nonprofit management; social policy; international policy; and international economic development. Policy concentrations are indicated on transcripts, officially signaling that a student has acquired depth and mastery in a defined area of study. See the MPP degree page for a description of the concentrations we offer.
For mid-career professionals, we offer a one-year (9-month) Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree designed to enhance the analytic abilities and management skills of experienced professionals currently working in government, military, government affairs in the private sector, or the nonprofit sector—in the U.S. or abroad.
Admitted students may choose to pursue a dual-degree with other schools and programs at the University of Michigan. We offer fourteen formal Dual Degrees with other U-M Programs, and the option to coordinate many other individualized dual-degrees.
Core curriculum learning objectives
- Acquire and demonstrate analytic skills necessary for successful policy analysis
- Develop a sophisticated understanding of public policy institutions and processes (broadly defined to include economic, political, and other)—and the implications these have for policy development and implementation
- Develop, practice, and refine communication skills appropriate to the policy arena
- Develop and refine leadership, management, and decision–making skills
- Demonstrate ability to integrate analytic, institutional, communication, and management skills
In addition to our extensive course offerings, students can access the thousands of courses offered by the University of Michigan, pursuing their evolving interests and specializing in the policy areas they find most compelling.