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**Important COVID19 Note on Fall 2020 courses:

All students, faculty, and staff approved to return to campus for the fall semester are required to:

  1. Take a COVID-19 viral test within the two weeks prior to the start of the semester (August 27) and report the result;
  2. Complete daily online symptom monitoring beginning two weeks prior to their arrival on campus or the start of the semester on August 27 (whichever is sooner); and
  3. Complete an online health and safety training module.

Students living and/or taking classes on campus are also required to sign the Retriever Community Agreement. This document outlines precautions and actions to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.

Visit UMBC’s Retriever Ready website for details on testing.

In Fall 2020, most Public Policy courses will be offered fully online. You can see the course delivery mode in the Registrar’s online schedule of classes. UMBC engaged in a careful, extensive planning and approval process to allow some courses to be taught in person, or partially in person. We are pleased to announce that the risk assessment committee approved our offering the following courses in person or partially in person:

ECON 600 Policy Consequences of Economic Analysis (Lincove)

PUBL 603 Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis (Kelly)

PUBL 611 Causal Inference for Program Evaluation (Lincove)

PUBL 700 Doctoral Dissertation Research (Sterett)

None of these courses will be 100% in person. All will be online/in-person hybrids. Students should consult with the course instructor to discuss plans for any in-person meetings.

Instructors of in-person classes will also accommodate remote learning for those who cannot come to campus (health vulnerabilities; family care responsibilities; international students, etc.). Please let the instructor know if you need to attend remotely.

UMBC has been planning how to safely accommodate this in-person instruction in accordance with public health guidance. Facilities management has mapped how many people different classrooms on campus can accommodate given physical distancing recommendations. Signs requiring wearing masks are on all the buildings. USM has been gathering together cleaning supplies and PPE for the lab classes that could require students to be close to each other for an extended time. UMBC is working on plans for COVID testing. As President Hrabowski noted, most students will not be living on campus. Throughout the Fall 2020 semester, we will of course be following UMBC requirements. Learn more at UMBC’s Retriever Return Roadmap. **

How to Register

Spring 2021 Course Descriptions

Fall 2020 Course Descriptions

Course Catalog (Graduate)

Resources and Forms

Graduate School Student Forms

Public Policy forms for ENROLLED students (requires myUMBC login)

Graduate Student Handbook 2020-2021

Dissertation Handbook (Sept 2020)

Completed Dissertations

Financing Resources

Public Policy Fellowships for Enrolled Students

Who to ask at the School of Public Policy

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.

Transferring Credits

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

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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.





Professional Associations

American Public Health Association

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM)

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)