The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a 48-credit degree program, divided into core courses (required), capstone, and elective courses.

  • Type of Degree

    Master’s Degree

  • Format

    On-Campus, Full-time or Part-time

  • Length

    2 – 3 Years

  • Department

    MPP Programs

Core Courses

The core courses emphasizes analytical skills and core knowledge for designing and managing sound public policy.

Economics (6 credits)

  • PPOL 506: Intermediate Microeconomics I (3 credits)
  • PPOL 507: Intermediate Microeconomics II (3 credits)

Quantitative Methods (9 credits)

  • PPOL 501: Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PPOL 502: Regression Methods for Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PPOL 503: Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods (3 credits)

Political Institutions and Process (9 credits)
For each of the required courses, students may choose either a U.S. domestic focus or comparative international focus.

  • PPOL 510: Public Policy Process; or
    PPOL 511: Comparative Policy Process (3 credits)
  • PPOL 514: Public Management; or
    PPOL 515: Comparative Public Management (3 credits)
  • PPOL 518: Ethics, Values and Public Policy (3 credits)
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Capstone Project

The MPP program aims to educate students to think critically about public policy and to demonstrate a mastery of the various skills embodied in the curriculum.

Students choose between two capstone experiences: completing a thesis, or completing a client-based capstone. Both options span two semesters, and involve answering a policy question in an analytically rigorous manner, drawing on the knowledge and skills of the MPP curriculum.

Students who choose the thesis capstone option will develop a research question and work with their advisor to formulate and implement a research plan. Students who choose the client-based capstone option will work with a small group of fellow students to study a real policy problem for an actual organization.

 

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Electives

MPP students expand on the analytical skills they attain in their core coursework with 18 credits of elective courses. Students have an array of elective courses. Our expert faculty teach a wide range of elective courses, focusing on today’s most relevant policy areas and methods.

Many McCourt School students choose to align their elective coursework with their interests and career goals. While not required, students may choose to focus their elective coursework in a particular area of study like Environmental Policy, Health Policy, or Development Policy.

Please see below for a sample list of electives offered over the past academic year. This list is not exhaustive and additional courses can be found on the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes. McCourt students also have the opportunity to take electives in other Georgetown graduate programs as well as through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Please contact Director of Academic Affairs Nirmala Fernandes at nf168@georgetown.edu for more information.

 

SAMPLE RECENT ELECTIVE OFFERINGS

  • U.S. Domestic Economic Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 614: Federal Budget Process
    • PPOL 649: Macroeconomics
    • PPOL 650: Behavioral Economics
  • International Economic Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 608: Asian Economic Development
    • PPOL 676: International Financial Institutions
    • PPOL 734: Latin American Economic Development
  • Development Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 638: International Health
    • PPOL 647: International Social Development Policy
    • PPOL 650: Behavioral Economics & Development
    • PPOL 678: Money/Finance in the Developing/Globalized World
    • PPOL 685: History and Theory of Development
    • PPOL 780: Economic Complexity & Development
  • Political Strategy and Governance including courses such as:
    • PPOL 612: Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations in the U.S.
    • PPOL 627: Identity Politics & Interest Groups
    • PPOL 632: Strategic Advocacy: Lobbying/Interest Groups
    • PPOL 657: Policy, Politics & the Media
  • Education Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 655: Education Productivity: Teachers & Technology Effects
    • PPOL 666: Racial Justice in K-12 Education Policy
    • PPOL 672: Topics: Post Secondary Education
  • Environmental & Regulatory Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 613: Geopolitics of Energy
    • PPOL 636: Energy, Society & Politics in Developing Countries
    • PPOL 687: Environmental Regulatory Policy
  • Health Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 604: Health Care Quality: Recent Policy Issues
    • PPOL 642: Health Policy & Politics
    • PPOL 643: Health Care Access Demand Issues
  • Homeland Security Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 688: Homeland Security
    • PPOL 692: Capacity Building/Counter-terrorism (previously Post Conflict Reconstruction)
    • PPOL 694: Cyber Conflict and National Security Policy
    • PPOL 697: National Security Policy: Decision Making & Strategy
  • Methods including courses such as:
    • PPOL 622: Policy Analysis
    • PPOL 646: Data Visualization for Policy Analysis
    • PPOL 683: Spatial Data Modeling & Public Policy
    • PPOL 693: Applied Monitoring & Evaluation for Development Programs
    • PPOL 696: Survey Research Methods
    • PPOL 737: Game Theory
  • Public Management including courses such as:
    • PPOL 639: Strategic Planning & Public Policy
    • PPOL 663: Public Leadership
    • PPOL 680: Risk Management
    • PPOL 792: Emergency & Disaster Management
  • Social Policy including courses such as:
    • PPOL 601: Issues:Sexuality Law & Policy
    • PPOL 604: Policy/Politics of Entitlements
    • PPOL 607: Child Development
    • PPOL 609: Urban Law & Poverty
    • PPOL 611: The War on Drugs: Causes, Consequences and Alternatives (formerly US Drug Policy & Its Consequences)
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Course Sequence

A typical course sequence for both MPP full-time and MPP evening program students appears below.

Typical course sequence for full-time MPP students:

 

Year One: Fall Semester

  • PPOL 506 — Intermediate Microeconomics
  • PPOL 501 — Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 510 / PPOL 511 — Public Policy Process/Comparative Policy Process
  • PPOL elective

Year One: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 502 — Regression Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 507 — Microeconomics II
  • PPOL 514 / PPOL 515 — Public Management/Comparative Public Management
  • PPOL elective

Year Two: Fall Semester

  • PPOL 503 — Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods
  • PPOL 526 / PPOL 528 — Policy Analysis Capstone I/Thesis Workshop I
  • PPOL elective
  • PPOL elective

Year Two: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 527 / PPOL 529 — Policy Analysis Capstone II/Thesis Workshop II
  • PPOL 518 — Ethics, Values and Public Policy
  • PPOL elective
  • PPOL elective

 

Typical course sequence for MPP-EP students:

 

Year One: Fall Semester

  • PPOL 506 — Intermediate Microeconomics
  • PPOL 501 — Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis

Year One: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 502 — Regression Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 507 — Microeconomics II

Year One: Summer Semester

Year Two: Fall Semester

  • PPOL or other approved electives (up to 6 credits)

Year Two: Spring Semester

  • PPOL or other approved electives (up to 6 credits)

Year Two: Summer Semester

  • PPOL 503 — Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods
  • PPOL 518/ PPOL 519 — Ethics, Values and Public Policy

Year Three: Fall Semester

  • PPOL 526 / PPOL 528 — Policy Analysis Capstone I/Thesis Workshop I
  • PPOL elective or other approved electives (up to 6 credits)

Year Three: Spring Semester

  • PPOL 527 / PPOL 529 — Policy Analysis Capstone II/Thesis Workshop II
  • PPOL elective or other approved electives (up to 6 credits)
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Dual Degree Options

MPP/MBA

Individuals who possess the finance, marketing, and organizational skills of a business program coupled with the analytic tools and political acumen provided by a public policy program will be highly sought after in today’s job market.

The dual degree consists of 39-credit hours of public policy coursework and 45-credit hours of business coursework (84 total credit hours) over three years, rather than the four years normally required when completing the degrees separately.

MPP/PhD in Government

The degree is designed to attract motivated students interested in both politics and policy who desire to pursue positions for applied research, teaching, or evaluation and consulting in universities, nonprofit, business or government organizations.

The dual degree consists of 69-credit hours total and involves approximately six semesters to complete required coursework.

MPP/PhD in Psychology

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. This 51-credit program provides an interdisciplinary education in the sciences that concern themselves with the processes and contexts of development across the lifespan.

MPP/JD

The program recognizes that one important career path for attorneys lies in the field of public policy-making and that lawyers who pursue this career path will benefit greatly by an education that includes policy content and process coupled with grounding in research methodology, statistics and economics.

The dual degree consists of 39-credit hours of public policy coursework and 76-credit hours of law coursework (115 total credit hours) over four years, rather than the five years normally required when completing the degrees separately.

MPP/MSFS

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.

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.

MPP/MAGES

The BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES) program gives students the option of spending either their second year, or the spring term of their second year, at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. This unique program allows students to pursue a degree in public policy with a regional specialization in Europe.

The dual degree consists of 72-credit hours (36 for MPP and 36 for MAGES) and requires three years to complete. Students are also required to pass a mandatory MAGES oral exam as well as satisfy the MAGES language requirements.

MPP/IOMBA (University of Geneva)

Students in this dual degree program earn both Georgetown’s Masters in Public Policy (MPP) and the University of Geneva’s International Organizations MBA (IOMBA).This program is designed to prepare tomorrow’s leaders for positions in international and non-governmental organizations.

To earn this dual degree, students must complete 42 credits at the McCourt School, 24 module courses at the University of Geneva, and an internship with an international organization over the course of an intense 28 months. All of the teaching for the dual degree program is in English.

MPP/MiM (HEC Paris)

Students in this dual degree program earn both Georgetown’s Masters in Public Policy (MPP) and the HEC Paris’ Masters in Management-Grande Ecole (MiM). The MPP/MiM dual degree will provide an inter-disciplinary skill set, international educational experience, and an integrated work experience in both Europe and North America for professionals in the early stages of their careers.

To earn this dual degree, students must complete the full first year MiM curriculum requirements at HEC Paris, 36 credits at the McCourt School, and an internship over the course of an intense 28 monthsAll of the teaching for the dual degree program is in English. 

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Study Abroad Options

Study Abroad Programs are for experiential education. At McCourt, we believe that the best way for you to understand and contribute to our globalized world is to experience other places, cultures, and ideas firsthand.

Even after your experience has concluded, you may continue to collaborate with international peers and faculty through the professional relationships developed during your time abroad.

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Study Abroad Locations

Hertie School of Governance – Berlin, Germany

MPP full-time students have the opportunity to spend their third semester in Berlin. All courses are taught in English. Students who complete this program will earn 9-12 credits towards their degree.

Hertie School in Berlin

Jindal School of Government and Public Policy – Sonipat, India

MPP full-time students have the opportunity to spend their third semester near New Delhi, India. All courses are taught in English. Students who complete this program will earn 9-12 credits towards their degree.

Jindal School in Sonipat

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – Singapore

MPP full-time students have the opportunity to spend their third semester in Singapore. All courses are taught in English. Students who complete this program will earn 9-12 credits towards their degree.

Lee Kuan Yew School in Singapore