Master of Public Policy/PhD in Psychology

The McCourt School and the Department of Psychology offer a dual MPP/PhD in Psychology through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This 51-credit program provides an interdisciplinary education in the sciences that concern themselves with the processes and contexts of development across the lifespan. It is explicitly designed to offer students rigorous training in the range of theories and methods that characterize the developmental sciences and enable them to place the study of development into the broader contexts - biological, familial, social, cultural, economic, historical, political - from which the field draws its societal applications. The program will prepare students for an array of post-degree positions in institutions of higher education, research institutes, government agencies and other policy settings, medical settings, and nonprofit organizations. Conducting high-quality empirical research that makes a contribution to both scientific understanding and human welfare is an overarching theme of this dual degree program.

Students interested in applying to the MPP/PhD in Psychology Program should complete and submit both the MPP and Psychology applications to the respective programs simultaneously. For more information on the PhD in Psychology, please contact the Department of Psychology.

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

Year One:  Fall Semester 12 credits
  • PPOL 506, Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • PPOL 501, Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 510, Public Policy Process
  • PSYC 501, Conceptual Foundations of Developmental Science
Year One:  Spring Semester 12 credits
  • PPOL 507, Microeconomics II
  • PPOL 502, Regression Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 514, Public Management
  • PSYC 502, Human Development in Context
Year Two:  Fall Semester

12 credits

  • PPOL 503, Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods
  • PPOL 526/PPOL 528, Policy Analysis Capstone I/Thesis Workshop I
  • PPOL 524, Child Development and Public Policy or PSYC 365, Science, Children and Politics
  • PSYC 503, Social and Emotional Development

Year Two:  Spring Semester

 12 credits

  • PPOL 527/PPOL 529, Policy Analysis Capstone II/Thesis Workshop II
  • PPOL 518, Ethics, Values and Public Policy
  • PSYC 504, Lifespan Development: Brain and Cognition
  • PPOL elective

Year Three:  Fall Semester

0 credits
  • Thesis Research

Year Three:  Spring Semester

0 credits
  • Thesis Research