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Degrees

M.P.P.

The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) requires 37 credits and the writing of a policy analysis paper. Curriculum and course requirements

M.P.P. students select a study concentration from 6 policy tracks: economics, education policy, evaluation and analytical methods, health policy, public management, and urban policy. Learn more about these concentrations here.

M.P.P. students who do not have relevant public policy work experience are required to complete a departmentally-approved internship after their first 15 credits. Students should enroll in PUBL 697 during the internship.

Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy, Public Policy (Ph.D.) degree requires the equivalent of 48 hours of course work, a core-comprehensive examination and a field qualifying examination, 18 hours of dissertation research, and the writing and successful defense of a dissertation. Curriculum and course requirements

Ph.D. students select a study concentration from 7 policy tracks: economics, education policy, evaluation and analytical methods, health policy, policy history, public management, and urban policy. Learn more about these concentrations here.

Combined B.A./Masters in Public Policy (Accelerated Pathway Program)

The Accelerated Pathways Program allows UMBC undergraduates with strong academic records to begin taking graduate level courses toward the MPP degree in the senior year. UMBC undergraduates interested in enrolling in the BA/MPP combined program should apply for admission by the second semester of their junior year. For more information, contact the School of Public Policy.

M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis/Ph.D. in Public Policy

This joint program provides students with a broad perspective on policy formulation along with focused training in analytic techniques commonly used by economists. For more information, contact the Department of Economics (econ-masters@umbc.edu; 410-455-2160) or visit the web site.

Combined Programs

Combined programs allow students to obtain a degree that meets their professional goals, as well as their schedule and budget. For information on these programs, contact Sally Helms, UMBC Administrator of Academic Affairs (410-455-3202; helms@umbc.edu).

Dual Degree Programs with the University of Maryland School of Law, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. These programs lead to a J.D./M.P.P. or a J.D./Ph.D.

Articulated M.P.A-Ph.D. in Public Policy with the University of Baltimore. Qualified students in the University of Baltimore’s Master of Public Administration program may apply for early admission into the UMBC Public Policy Ph.D. program.

Combined Degree Program with UMB School of Medicine
The Department of Public Policy has two joint degrees, an MD/MPP and the MD/PhD. in Public Policy, with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in downtown Baltimore.