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Degrees

Accelerated Pathways: Bachelor’s/Master’s

The Accelerated Pathways Program allows UMBC undergraduates with strong academic records to begin taking graduate level courses toward the MPP degree in the junior and senior years.

M.P.P.

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

M.P.P. students have a core curriiculum (21 credits) and then select a study specialization (4 courses). Choices include: education policy, environmental policy, evaluation and analytical methods, health policy, public management, and urban policy. Learn more about these specializations here.

M.P.P. students who do not have relevant public policy work experience are required to complete a program-approved internship after their first 15 credits. Students should enroll in PUBL 697 during the internship and in the practicum course through the Career Center. Curriculum and course requirements

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 specializations, Choices include: economics, education policy, emergency services,  evaluation and analytical methods, health policy, policy history, public management, and urban policy. Learn more about these specializations here.

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 website.

Combined Programs

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.

Dual Degree Program with the University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD/MPP).

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 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).