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Welcome prospective grad students!

At The University of Utah we are dedicated to preparing public policy students for public service and the field of public policy analysis by advancing their understanding of the policy process, and by producing graduates equipped to research, analyze, and inform public policy making.

Since the MPP began in 2006, it has attracted students who aspire to be successful and are committed to their education and serving the public interest. 

Why choose the University of Utah for your MPP?

Make a difference in your community: 

University of Utah's MPP program integrates the analytical, methodological, and management skills you need to construct effective and lasting solutions to public policy problems in your community.

Earn your graduate degree at your own pace:

The MPP offers you the choice of attending full-time and completing the program in two years, or attending part-time and graduating in three to four years.  You will build a foundation of analytical skills in the 10 core courses (31 credit hours); which include a series of quantitative classes. You can then develop expertise by taking three courses in a policy area of your choice (minimum 9 credit hours). The degree is a total of 40 semester credit hours.

Deepen your understanding of the policy process, better analyze policy options, and rigorously evaluate the effects of public policy:

The MPP program reflects the variety and interdisciplinary nature of public policy issues. With a solid foundation in theory, analysis, and evaluation, you will graduate with the skills needed to successfully analyze and evaluate public policy in a variety of fields.

Obtain your Masters at an affordable price:

University of Utah's MPP program is a proud member of the Western Regional Graduate Program which provides residents of Western states with in-state tuition rates.  Find out if you can pay resident tuition rates through the through the Western Region Graduate Program.

Military members, reservists, and National Guard members assigned to Utah, along with their families, are eligibile for in-state tuition.  Veterans and their families living in Utah are also eligible.

You will gain the skills to be successful

The University of Utah Master of Public Policy program provides you with the skills and expertise needed to be successful in the public policy analysis field. You will sharpen your skills in analysis and deepen your knowledge base about the policy making process. You will learn to craft effective and practical solutions to real world policy challenges in a personal, attentive academic environment.

The MPP program seeks to balance economic and political approaches to policy analysis. With a solid foundation in theory, analysis, and evaluation and the ability to select from a range of interdisciplinary emphases, you will graduate from the program qualified to analyze and evaluate public policy in a variety of fields in the public, not for profit and private sectors.

 Comparing the Master of Public Policy & Master of Public Administration

The University of Utah offers both a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.  Often times, we are asked about the differences between these two programs.  The programs have similar goals, but differ in focus, curriculum and requirements.  However, there is overlap, and the two programs work closely together to assist students in making their decision about which degree to pursue.

 

To start, we recommend asking yourself three questions:

  • What are my career goals?
  • What is the core set of professional skills I want to develop?
  • What aspect of professional public service do I want to specialize in?

 

Purpose

 

 

Focus

 

 Prerequisites

 

 

 

Required Core Courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses

 


Total Semester Hours Needed for Degree

 

Internship

 

 

Concentrations or Emphasis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joint Degree Programs

 

 

 

 

Program Formats

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Writing Requirement

 

Time Required

 

 

Tuition

 

 

 

Student Association

 

 Honor Society

 


Application Deadline

 

 

Undergraduate Grade Point Average Required

 

What are the Types of Jobs Graduates Have?

 

MPP

Prepares graduates for public service careers in government, nonprofit and private sectors

                                                                    Policy, planning, and research 

                                                                            U.S. National Government             Microeconomics
Introductory Statistics

 

 

Public Policy Theory and Application
Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
Survey of Statistical Computer Packages
Policy Analysis
Public Policy Research
Public Finance: Taxation and Expenditures
Law and Economics
Policy and Program Evaluation
Survey Research Methods
Applied Policy Project

 

Three (minimum of 9 semester hours)

 

                                                                          40

 

Not required

 

 

Family & Social Welfare Policy
Health Policy
Community Policy
Environmental Policy
International Context of Policy
Education Policy
Economic Policy                                   Business Policy Regulations
Urban Affairs Policy

                                                                      Juris Doctor                                                   Ph.D in Population Health Sciences
Master of Public Health
Combined Bachelor/Master                                                      

 

Evening – core courses are offered in the evening, designed for the working adult

 

 

 

 

Applied Policy Project

 

Two years of full time study, up to four years of part time study

 

                                                                  Follows the U of U graduate tuition rate

 

 

 

PAGE- Public Affairs Global Enterprise

 

Pi Alpha Alpha

 

                                                              February 15

 

 

3.0

 

                                                                    Policy analyst, data analyst, policy consultant, government relations officer, research associate, economic development manager, investigator/auditor, fiscal analyst, budget analyst, planner, foreign service officer

MPA

Prepares graduates for public service careers in government, nonprofit and private sectors

                                                          Administration and management 

                                                                        U.S. National Government (co-requisite)

 

 

                                                                                                                                  Administrative Theory                       Research Design
Public Human Resources Management
Governance & the Economy
Public Administration & Law
Nonprofit & Non-governmental Organizations
Public Budgeting and Finance
Ethics
Capstone

 

Five (minimum of 15 semester hours), four can be taken in outside departments

 

42

 

Students without at least one year of work experience must complete a paid internship

                                                                  Criminal Justice                                 Education (K-12 & Higher Ed)
Health Administration
Local Government Administration
Natural Resource Administration
Nonprofit Organizations
Policy Analysis
Human Resources Management

 

Juris Doctor
Master of Health Administration
Master of Social Work
Master of Public Health
Ph.D. in Social Work
Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Policy

 

Evening – designed for the working adult, evening classes
Executive – designed for students with at least five years of administrative experience in public or nonprofit organizations, weekend classes

 

Major Research Paper

 

Two years of full time study, up to four years of part time study

 

                                                                Evening program follows U of U graduate tuition rate, plus additional $240/class.

Executive program varies, but is around $25,000 inclusive

                                                                    PAGE- Public Affairs Global Enterprise

 

Pi Alpha Alpha

 

                                                                February 15 for the Evening Program
April 1 until filled for the Executive Program

                                                                          3.2

 

                                                              Nonprofit director, city manager, state and county department or division director, HR manager, public safety (e.g., police, fire, paramedic), government relations/communications specialist, armed forces administrators-foreign and domestic settings

 Want to learn more about the MPP?

Please call 801-585-7834 or email for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Contact Information

Master of Public Policy Program
332 South 1400 East
Building 73, Old Law Building - Room 237
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Telephone Number: 801-585-7834
mppinfo@cppa.utah.edu

 

Last Updated: 10/19/17