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Graduate Programs

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...
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Meet the Masters of Public Affairs

Oct 15, 2019
This fall the Ford School welcomes its first Master of Public Affairs students. This powerful new nine-month degree for mid-career professionals combines rigorous training in the Ford School’s hallmark policy analysis suite with the development of...
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Hands-on, practical experiences

Dec 10, 2020, 8:00-8:45 pm EST
In this session, learn about the wide range of opportunities for students to engage with real-world policy issues in the classroom and through research, activities, and workshops.
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Tools for influence and action

Dec 3, 2020, 12:00-12:45 pm EST
Learn about opportunities to practice social science research and quantitative analysis skills in and out of the classroom and how they provide a toolbox of research, analytical, and management skills that are highly transferable across sectors and issue areas.
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Why now? Why Ford School?

Nov 19, 2020, 12:00-12:45 pm EST
Join the Ford School’s associate deans to learn how a Ford School master’s degree can help you make an impact on the public good at this critical time.
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Master's admissions text info session

Jan 9, 2020, 10:00-11:30 am EST
Wherever you are!
If you're considering a master's degree at the Ford School we encourage you to join an upcoming text chat, where we can answer any of your questions.
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Master's admissions text info session

Dec 13, 2019, 2:30-4:00 pm EST
Wherever you are!
If you're considering a master's degree at the Ford School we encourage you to join an upcoming text chat, where we can answer any of your questions.
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Dual Degree Applicant Materials

Dual Degree Applicants Dual degree applicants must be sure to apply and meet the requirements for both departments. The process differs depending on whether you are an new applicant to the University of Michigan or if you are currently enrolled...

Jobs in public policy

About the search for post-graduation employment The career paths of our alumni and the range of employers recruiting at Ford reflect the versatility and transferability of the MPP/MPA across sectors. The required MPP internship and applied...

Graduate information session

If you're considering a master's degree at the Ford School we encourage you to join an upcoming text chat, where we can answer any of your questions.

Connect with a master’s student

Our student ambassadors are excited to meet you and answer your questions about the Ford School experience, so ask them anything you would like to know about being a Fordie. Please email fspp-admissions@umich.edu so that we may assist you in...

Graduate fairs

Meet Ford School representatives attending graduate school fairs throughout the fall. We strongly encourage you to join us for more information about our programs, and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Check back as we add dates and...

Master's application checklist

Online application The University of Michigan strongly encourages all applicants to apply online. Applications for our master's programs are due by January 15. The master's application for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will be...

External fellowships

Other sources of fellowship support Over the years, many Ford School students have received fellowships from a number of government and professional organizations. These include resources for students from diverse backgrounds, traditionally...

Student organizations

Student organizations are an integral part of the Ford School community—they recruit policymakers and scholars to speak at the school, provide a forum for students to discuss and take action on shared policy interests, raise money for deserving...

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.