UMBC plans to maximize in-person learning in the fall of 2021, as conditions permit.
- Physical distancing and health and safety precautions will continue to be essential.
- We believe that vaccination will have a significant effect on the amount of the COVID virus in the community.
- We fully expect to continue to require mask-wearing, symptom tracking, and testing.
- This work will be informed by the key planning assumptions adopted early in the pandemic.
- Our plans will be flexible so that they can adapt as the health situation evolves.
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Public Policy courses offered Fall 2021 are a mix of in-person, hybrid, online synchronous, and online asynchronous.
Resources and Forms
Public Policy forms for ENROLLED students (requires myUMBC login)
Graduate life for Public Policy students goes beyond the classroom and the computer lab, to professional and social activities on and off campus. We have a variety of resources to help our students stay connected to each other and to the University.
The Public Policy Graduate Student Organization (PPGSO) organizes social and professional development activities to support Public Policy students and complement their educational program. New members are always welcome.
The UMBC Graduate Student Association (GSA) supports the academic, professional, social and personal needs of all of UMBC’s graduate student community. Each department is eligible to have two senators for their monthly meetings.
Previous graduate coursework, if it is relevant and taken within the past five years, may lead the adviser to recommend a reduction in the course credit hours required for the Ph.D or M.P.P. The maximum reduction is 18 credits for Ph.D. and 6 credits for M.P.P. A previously taken course may make a required course redundant. In this case, the student may ask to be exempt from the requirement. Exemptions do not reduce the total number of credits necessary, but they do give the student more flexibility in taking advanced courses and electives. Students will consult with their adviser to determine eligible transfer credit and exemptions. For more details, see page 4 of the Student Handbook.
Join the UMBC Public Policy Groups site for announcements, scholarship, grant opportunities, program guidelines, policy forums and lectures, and forms. Enrolled students can log into the site through myUMBC.