Master of Public Policy/Master of Public Administration Degree
What will you do with your Ford School degree?
Ford School MPP/MPA alumni are managing multi-million dollar support programs for farmers in Afghanistan. They're participating in crisis management deliberations at the Federal Reserve Bank. They're directing successful gubernatorial political campaigns. They're improving health policy in East Africa. And they're leading regional land and water conservation efforts in the Mid-Atlantic.
Students who choose the Ford School are passionately interested in public affairs. They want to help shape the public decisions that affect their neighborhoods, their countries, and people around the globe.
Armed with a professional policy education from the University of Michigan, our alums get the details right and they lead-they analyze problems, seek solutions, collaborate for change, and advocate for more effective public policies.
Our master's level curriculum trains students with a broad range of interests for a wide set of jobs, providing a toolbox of research, analytical, and management skills that are highly transferable across sectors and issue areas.
Core courses develop a foundation of skills, knowledge, and concepts in economics, statistics, political analysis, ethics, and public management. All students receive serious quantitative training in data analysis and program evaluation, moving as a cohort through a carefully sequenced set of courses.
Students then have tremendous flexibility in choosing from advanced classes in social policy, international trade, education, national security, human rights, politics, and more. They combine their policy courses with electives from elsewhere around the U-M, including its 18 professional schools-such as law, business, education, and urban planning-or one of the top-ranked social science departments.
Students apply what they've learned in the classroom, gaining hands-on, practical policy experience. We require a policy-related summer internship, and students are encouraged to take an Applied Policy Seminar, enabling them to do real-world policy consulting with classmates under faculty supervision.
A small community with big resources
Situated at one of America's great public universities but with just around 110 masters students matriculated each year, the Ford School is large enough to provide a wide diversity of intellectual and political interests, but small enough to offer a warm, collegial educational community.
Our student groups are active; they join students with shared interests, lead school-wide public service initiatives, host speakers, and provide opportunities for leadership.
Ford School students have ready access to the intellectual, cultural, and social resources of the University of Michigan and of Ann Arbor-a livable, vibrant college town with a rich cultural life.
The Ford School makes the U-M a destination for distinguished policymakers, often hosted by our dynamic research centers and programs: the National Poverty Center; the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy; the Science and Technology in Public Policy Program; the International Policy Center; and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies. Visitors give public lectures, teach a course, or meet with small groups of students to discuss substantive and career-related issues.
The Ford School faculty
The Ford School is home to an interdisciplinary group of faculty who meet the criteria of academic excellence in the social science disciplines, who are enthusiastic teachers and mentors, and who engage with policymakers around key public issues. Their broad research interests are demonstrated by the wide range of units with which they hold joint appointments-including economics, political science, sociology, history, math, business, social work, education, natural resources, information, and urban planning.