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Situated in one of America's great public universities, the Ford School is large enough to satisfy diverse intellectual and policy interests—and small enough to offer a warm, supportive, inclusive educational community. The Ford School is a nationally recognized leader in quantitative policy analysis, political and ethical analysis, social policy, communication, and leadership. All coursework reflects our deep commitment to public service and policy engagement.

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion

In the classroom and beyond, we emphasize collaboration and listening across differences. Students at the Ford School represent great diversity—in race and ethnicity, political viewpoints, life experiences, professional interests, 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.
Diversity Commitment

Dynamic research centers

Our research centers offer a wealth of opportunities for students. They bring in high-profile speakers; provide skills workshops and simulations on topics such as effective advocacy, working with the media, interpreting intelligence data, and conducting diplomacy across cultural barriers.
Research centers

Writing Center

The Ford School’s commitment to writing instruction is best in class. Our Writing Center’s four skilled professional instructors offer one-on-one tutorials and policy-writing modules designed to help students articulate public policy knowledge in writing that is accurate, logical, and concise.
Writing Center

Engaged learning

The Ford School emphasizes an applied approach to policy education, providing students with a wide range of opportunities to use what they're learning in the classroom through hands-on, practical policy experiences.
Engaged learning