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Welcome to the new web resource for Master of Public Policy students. Our revamped, simplified design will help you locate many useful resources as you work towards your degree. Please take a couple minutes to familiarize yourself with the site index below.


As always, MPP staff members are a click or phone call away if you need assistance.



Degree Requirements

Core Courses   

Course Class Semester Day Time Instructor Syllabus
PADMN 6320 Public Policy Theories and Application Fall T 6:00-9:00 PM Carter Yes
PUBPL 6290

Applied Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy

Fall H 6:00-9:00 PM Carlson Yes
PADMN 6323

Policy Analysis








PUBPL 6563

Program and Policy Evaluation



6:00-9:00 PM


PUBPL 6560

Survey Research Methods

Fall H

6:00-9:00 PM


ECON 6300

Public Finance

Fall H 6:00-9:00 PM Gochnour Yes
ECON 6380

Law and Economics





6:00-9:00 PM



PUBPL 6900

Public Policy Research

 Spring 6:00-9:00 PM 


PUBPL 6950

Applied Policy Project  & Capstone

Spring  T 6:00-9:00 PM  Kroes  Yes
STAT 6003 

Survey of Statistical Software Packages




6:00-9:00 PM

6:00-9:00 PM 

Tanana, Bannister, Hunt

Cook, Tanana, Hunt


There are a few factors to take into consideration when planning your program:
It is recommended that students take PADMN 6320 Public Policy Theories and Applications before PADMN 6323 Policy Analysis
Students should take PUBPL 6290 Applied Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy before taking PUBPL 6900 Public Policy Research
Students should take PUBPL 6900 Public Policy Research either before or with PUBPL 6563 Program and Policy Evaluation
Students should plan their program so that the Capstone course, PUBPL 6950, is taken in their final semester
To assist you, there are Degree Planning Tools located in a dropdown below

Elective Courses 

A minimum of 9 credit hours of elective courses are taken in other departments and programs. Courses and offerings can change each semester and each year. Students should identify courses, using the University course catalog, that fit their policy track and notify the program manager before enrolling.

Please see Elective Course Listing for suggestions on the sequencing of courses.

Hinckley Graduate Internship Information

The Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of International Affairs & Global Enterprise (MIAGE) programs have partnered with the Hinckley Institute of Politics (HIP) to place students in graduate-level, semester-long internships in Washington DC and overseas.

Current MPP students can apply for internships after completing 12 semester hours of matriculated coursework and obtaining a 3.5 or higher overall GPA. Internships are offered through the Hinckley Institute and are competitive. To apply, please visit the HIP Graduate Internships webpage and complete all items on the application checklist. Application deadlines for each semester are also listed on the webpage.

If selected for an internship, determination of internship placement will be made by HIP staff based on availability of internship opportunities and interest of the student. HIP internships are completed for three semester hours of credit and students will receive a letter grade. Academic requirements such as papers, projects, readings etc. will be determined for each internship. For the MPP, this credit can count as elective credit toward the degree. Students are responsible for paying tuition, University fees, the HIP course fee ($300), and all travel, living and related expenses.

Capstone Degree Requirement

The MPP program is a project-oriented, nonthesis degree program requiring students to complete an independent Capstone as part of the degree requirements. MPP students should be capable of conducting thorough public policy research and analysis, and must complete the Capstone before they can graduate. The purpose and expectation of the Capstone is that students apply aspects of the MPP curriculum to the analysis of a public policy issue. Students determine a topic/research question and complete the project in conjunction with a faculty chair of their choosing. Students may also partner with a community member who has expertise in a content area relevant to the project. During their final fall semester students register for a one credit Independent Study with their capstone advisor and during their final spring semester students register for the PUBPL 6950 Applied Policy Project/Capstone course. The purpose of this course is to guide students through their project with assistance from their peers and the instructor. The expectation is that the project is completed and submitted to the instructor, their committee chair (who must formally approve the project) and to the program staff, by the end of the course. Students are strongly encouraged to select their project prior to starting their Independent Study and must submit the Capstone Approval Form prior to the stated due date. The final project must be approved (signed off) by the committee chair before the Graduate School Deadline in order for a student to graduate.

What is a Capstone: Listen to the core faculty discuss what forms the project can take, their research, and examples of strong past projects. Program Manager Beth Henke discusses the process, including recent changes, and  John Stillman, Director of the Institutional Review Board discusses when you need IRB approval and how to navigate that process (45 minute mark).

Capstone Approval Form

Institutional Review Board



Last Updated: 10/9/17