Master of Public Policy/Master of Science in Foreign Service

The dual MPP/MSFS (Master of Science in Foreign Service) is aimed at students who have an interest in pursuing professions in international affairs policy in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Students in the program will develop the rigorous tools of policy analysis while obtaining substantive training in international affairs.

Students interested in applying to the MPP/MS in Foreign Service should complete and submit both the MPP and MSFS applications to the respective schools simultaneously. Please note that you cannot apply retroactively for this dual degree program. For more information about the MS in Foreign Service, please contact the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program.

The dual degree consists of 78- credit hours (39 for MPP and 39 for MSFS) and requires three years to complete. Students are also required to pass a mandatory MSFS oral exam as well as a language and map tests. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in each department (computed separately).

Although there is some flexibility in order to accommodate students’ specific professional and academic goals, students enrolled in the dual MPP/MSFS program typically pursue the following course of study:

Year One:  Fall Semester 12 credits
  • PPOL 501, Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
  • MSFS core
  • MSFS core
  • MSFS elective
Year One:  Spring Semester 12 credits
  • PPOL 502, Regression Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 507, Microeconomics II
  • PPOL 514/515, Public Management/Comparative Public Management
  • MSFS core
Year Two:  Fall Semester

12 credits

  • PPOL 503, Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods
  • PPOL 511, Comparative Policy Process
  • MSFS core
  • MSFS core

Year Two:  Spring Semester

15 credits

  • PPOL 518/519, Ethics, Values and Public Policy/Ethics in a Globalized World
  • PPOL elective
  • MSFS core
  • MSFS elective
  • MSFS elective

Year Three:  Fall Semester

15 credits
  • PPOL 526/PPOL 528, Policy Analysis Capstone I/Thesis Workshop I
  • PPOL elective
  • MSFS elective
  • MSFS elective
  • MSFS elective

Year Three:  Spring Semester

12 credits
  • PPPOL 527/PPOL 529, Policy Analysis Capstone II/Thesis Workshop II
  • PPOL elective
  • PPOL elective
  • MSFS elective