Graduate programs

We prepare our graduate students to find collaborative, creative solutions to complex challenges in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
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Leaders grounded in service

We are America’s first graduate public service training program and among its most prominent—respected for the excellence of our faculty, our grounding in social science research and quantitative analysis, the real-world policy issues woven throughout our curriculum, and the careers of leadership and impact forged by our alumni.

Our curriculum is rigorous, relevant, interdisciplinary, and hands-on. We train students with a broad range of interests for a wide variety of jobs, providing a toolbox of research, analytical, and management skills that are highly transferable across sectors and issue areas.

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Degree Two-year Master of Public Policy degree for a professional career in the public, private, and non-profit sectors Dual-master's degree with other U-M schools and departments including law, business, education, and others A PhD program that combines public policy studies with disciplinary work in economics, political science, or sociology 9-month, mid-career Master of Public Affairs degree for experienced professionals with at least five years of policy-relevant work experience
Core credits 24 Varies Varies 17.5
Elective credits 24 Varies Varies 12.5
Total credits 48 Varies Varies 30
Applied learning requirement Required internship, between 1st and 2nd years Required internship, summer following the first year of MPP coursework N/A N/A
Number of students matriculated 110 Varies, but often up to 30% of the MPP cohort 6 Varies, up to 25

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Ford School difference

What will you do with your Ford School degree?

Local and global, corporate and non-profit, educational and economic: your career starts here. Explore careers.
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The leaders and best

We're housed at the world-class University of Michigan, a place with deep traditions focused on creating brighter futures.
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Leadership Initiative

The Ford School equips talented public policy graduates with the tools to have a positive impact on individuals, organizations, and communities.
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Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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