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MPP and MPA Programs

Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs - MPA, MPP

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: The Princeton nomenclature differs from many other schools in that its MPP is the one-year mid-career program and its MPA (Master of Public Affairs) is the two-year, pre-career program. The Woodrow Wilson MPA has 4 concentrations: international relations, development studies, domestic policy, and economics and public policy. Among the programs yet examined, the Princeton MPA has one of the highest proportions of instruction in the Policy Sectors domain (36%, compared with Toronto at 24%, Harvard and Carnegie at 22%, Duke at 20%, NYU at 19%, and Berkeley at 16%). It is in the mid-range of the proportion of instruction in the Institutions and Context domain (15%, compared with Toronto at 31%, Harvard at 23%, NYU at 14%, Duke at 13%, and Berkeley at 7%) and the low range in the Management Functions domain (3%, comparable to Harvard and Berkeley at 3%, but much lower than NYU at 20% and Carnegie at 17%). It has in the lower middle range for the proportion of instruction in the Tools and Skills domain (46% compared with 74% at Berkeley, 59% at Duke, 52% at Harvard, 47% at NYU and 44% at Toronto). See PEACO Profile Comparisons, accessed 26 January 2014.

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary


University: Princeton University

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Degree: Master in Public Affairs (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Marketing Approach: "The Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program offers rigorous preparation for international and domestic policy careers. This two-year full-time residential program cultivates among its students and graduates a lasting commitment to public service. Through the core curriculum and a wide variety of elective courses, students learn analytical skills that address the political, economic, quantitative, behavioral and normative aspects of complex policy problems. The program also promotes understanding of the distinctive historical, institutional and cultural contexts of domestic and international policy making. The Woodrow Wilson School believes that it is essential for students of public and international affairs to understand how issues of gender, race, class and cultural diversity affect public policy decisions, implementation and outcomes. The School is committed to incorporating these issues into its curriculum, public affairs programming, research colloquiums and other activities." (At, accessed 25 January 2014)

"The Woodrow Wilson School offers a one-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree for mid-career professionals who are rising leaders in international and domestic public policy. This rigorous residential program is designed for mid-career professionals with seven or more years of public service experience in government agencies or nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad." (At, accessed 26 January 2014)

Degrees Awarded per Year: MPA: 65-80. At, accessed 19 May 2015. Also see "The School enrolls approximately 130-140 MPA students, 15-25 MPP students and 30-40 Ph.D. students," at (accessed 18 May 2015.)

Academic Unit within University: The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is a professional school within Princeton University.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The WWS's graduate programs are listed, at

Posted Tuition: $45,350 per year for 2015-16 (at, accessed 17 May 2015).

Concentration/ Curriculum Overview:

Masters in Public Affairs (MPA): This two-year, full-time residential program teaches analytical skills that address the political, economic, quantitative, organizational, and normative aspects of complex policy problems. It fosters an appreciation of the historical, institutional, and cultural contexts and interactions that encompass both domestic and international arenas.

Masters of Public Policy (MPP): This one-year, full-time residential program offers practicing public policy professionals the opportunity to earn a degree in one year. In addition to studying for the MPP degree, students may also earn a certificate in science, technology, and environmental policy; urban and regional planning; or demography. The MPP program has recently been expanded to qualified physicians, Ph.D. scientists, and lawyers.

Degree Requirements:

Masters of Public Administration: The curriculum includes six required core courses that address skills and techniques needed for the systematic study of public policy problems. The courses cover political analysis, quantitative methods, and economic and behavioral analysis. Each MPA candidate selects a policy field in which to specialize from the school’s four fields of concentration: international relations, development studies, domestic policy, and economics and public policy. Students may also take courses leading to a joint degree in public affairs and law (MPA/JD), or with other professional degree programs, by special request. Certificate programs in demography through the Office of Population Research; health and health policy in conjunction with the Center for Health and Wellbeing; the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP); and most recently, urban policy or urban policy and planning offer additional areas of specialization among the four fields of concentration.

A unique hallmark of the school’s curriculum is the collaborative approach to planning elective courses and graduate policy workshops by faculty field coordinators, first-year students, and administrators. This enables the school not only to draw upon the strengths of its faculty, but also to adapt to the most pressing issues of domestic or international affairs and be highly responsive to the individual and collective interests of students. The school’s resources also enable it to offer high-profile appointments to visiting scholars and policy practitioners who complement the academic and professional expertise of the faculty. At the end of the first semester, students take part in a policy project called the Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE). The IPE requires students to synthesize the skills they acquired in the fall-term analytic courses. Recent topics have included: rebuilding New Orleans after Katrina; medical malpractice liability and tort reform; cotton tariffs and U.S.-China relations; SUVs and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; smallpox vaccinations; and prescription drug coverage for seniors. Students are given briefing materials to review in advance, and are then required to respond to a set of specific policy questions in the form of a comprehensive analytical memorandum. In May, at the end of their first year, students are required to take the Qualifying Examination (QE1), an exercise that closely parallels the IPE. Like the IPE, the QE1 requires an integrated use of analytical skills acquired in the core curriculum during the first year. Recent topics have included living wage campaigns, mercury emissions reduction, immigration policy reform, air transportation security , oil drilling in the Arctic, and California's electricity market. Second-year students complete a qualifying exam (QE2) in their respective field of concentration in lieu of a master’s thesis or independent project.

Masters of Public PolicyAll MPP students begin with a six-week summer program in economics, statistics, leadership and policy analysis. The summer program is designed to enhance students’ preparation for graduate-level courses. The seminar aims to introduce them to the approaches they will encounter in WWS courses during the academic year, while also helping them get to know their peers and refine their learning objectives for the year. To qualify for the degree, MPP candidates must successfully complete eight courses during the academic year. A typical MPP program of study will include a specialization in one of the School’s four fields of concentration: International Relations, Development Studies, Domestic Policy, or Economics and Public Policy. In addition, a typical program would include a few courses in economics and/or program and policy evaluation, psychology, negotiation and/or financial management, as well as half-term policy-analysis courses. MPP students may choose to specialize further with a certificate program. The School's flexible curriculum provides an exceptional opportunity for mid-career students to tailor their learning experience at Princeton to their individual needs and objectives.

Duration: MPA: 2 years; MPP: 1 year 

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: MPA: 18 (including the required internship deemed equivalent to 2 one-semester courses); MPP: 8

Number of required courses: MPA: 10.75 (6 core courses plus imputed value for requirements of the concentrations plus internship); MPP: 8

Number of Typically Taken Electives: MPA: 7.25 (including the required options in individual concentrations); MPP: 0

Number of Electives offered within program: 74 one-semester course equivalents

Comprehensive examination: MPA: Yes; MPP: No

Thesis required: MPA: No; MPP: No

Internship required: MPA: Yes; MPP: No

International study required: No

Co-Curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional development and career support: Yes

 Student run journal: Yes,

Applied Projects: MPA: Yes; MPP: No,

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-14 WWS courses are found at and in the Princeton Graduate School Catalogue at The latter has been downloaded to the Atlas at Course Listing for Wilson School Graduate Programs from Princeton Catalog, January 2014. With permission, students can also select graduate-level courses offered by other units at Princeton University. The courses offered by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the course map below. Required courses are indicated by (R). Where the required course has two options, they are both designated with (R/2); where they have three options they are designated with (R/3) and where there are four options they are designated by (R/4).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.





Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation



Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)



Policy-Oriented Subjects



Management-Oriented Subjects



Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects



  - Policy and Management Analysis



  - Economic Analysis




  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods



  - Leadership and Communication Skills



Institutions and Context Subjects



  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process



  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability



  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts



Management Function Subjects



  - Public Financial Management



  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement



  - Other Management Functions



Policy Sector Subjects



  - Macroeconomic Policy



  - International Development



  - Health



  - Other Policy Sectors






Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student



Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

  - Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)



  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)



  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)



  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)



  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)



  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)



  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)



  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)



  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)



  - Global Context (CCR = 3)



  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)



  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)



  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)



  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)



  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)



  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)



Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)



Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed



Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)



Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)



Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (GC, ID, DS&FR)



Courses Required and Offered

Courses Required to Graduate



Required Courses



Elective Courses Taken by Typical Student



Elective Courses Listed



Enrolment Weight of Elective Course



Total Courses Listed



Source: At;;; (accessed 26 January 2014).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 30 December 2013 and updated by Ian Clark on 13 September 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Princeton WWS Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t
[NOTE: If the links below to course descriptions on the Wilson website become outdated, please use the downloaded course descriptions
at Course Listing for Wilson School Graduate Programs from Princeton Catalog, January 2014

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  WWS 501: The Politics of Public Policy (MPA: R)
  WWS 519A: Negotiation, Persuasion and Social Influence: Theory and Practice
  WWS 502: Psych for Policy Analysis/Implementation (MPA: R)

 Economic Analysis

  WWS 511B: Microeconomic Analysis: Basic (MPA:R/3)
  WWS 511C: Microeconomic Analysis: Advanced (MPA:R/3)
  WWS 511D: Microeconomics Analysis (Accelerated) (MPA:R/3)
  WWS 522: Microeconomic Analysis/Domestic Policy (MPA DP:R/2)
  WWS 590A/ECO 581L: Economic Perspectives on Inequality (Half-Term)

 Quantitative Methods

  WWS 507B: Quantitative Analysis (MPA: R/2)
  WWS 507C: Quantitative Analysis: Advanced (MPA:R/2)
  WWS 508A: Econometrics and Public Policy: Basic (MPA: R/2)
  WWS 508B: Econometrics and Public Policy: Basic
  WWS 508C: Econometrics and Public Policy (Adv) (MPA: R/2)
  WWS 509/ECO 509: Generalized Linear Statistical Models

 Analytic Methods

  WWS 503: The Management of Organizations
  WWS 593C: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Game Theory & Strategy
  WWS 593P: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Negotiating Peace Agreements
  WWS 594N: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Negotiation and Conflict
  WWS 593N: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): GIS for Public Policy

 Leadership Skills

  WWS 529: Great Leadership in Hist. Perspective
  WWS 530: Leadership

 Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

 Professional Practice

  WWS 591A: Policy Workshop - Post Hurricane Sandy Recovery Policy (MPA: R/8)
  Approved summer internship (MPA: 2R)
  MPP 6-Week Summer Program (MPP: 2R)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  WWS 521: Domestic Politics (MPA DP:R) (MPA EPP: R/3)
  WWS 531: Congress and Public Policy
  WWS 559: The Rule of Law

 Social and Political Context

  WWS 536: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Public Policy
  WWS 587: Research Workshop in Population
  WWS 590B/POL 598: Politics of Inequality & Redistribution
  WWS 590C/SOC 571: Sociological Studies of Inequality
  WWS 590D: Psychological Studies of Inequality
  WWS 590S: Workshop in Social Policy (R and only for Students in Joint Degree with Social Policy)
  WWS 593E: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Surveys, Polls and Public Policy
  WWS 594A: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Policymaking in Diverse Societies
  WWS 594B: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Psychology and Inequality
  WWS 594H: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Political Approaches to Inequality

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  WWS 556E: Topics in International Relations: Human Rights
  WWS 593G: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Economics and Ethics: Social Justice and Policy

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  WWS 541: International Politics (MPA IR:R) (MPA EPP: R/3)
  WWS 545: International Legal Order
  WWS 547: The Conduct of International Diplomacy
  WWS 551: Relations among Advanced Industrialized Societies
  WWS 564/POP 564: Poverty, Inequality & Health in the World
  WWS 591C: Policy Workshop: Assessing UN Peacebuilding Efforts (MPA: R/8)
  WWS 593A: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Gender in the World Economy
  WWS 593H: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): The Eurozone Crisis and Beyond
  WWS 593J: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): The New Austerity and Changing Federal State Relations
  WWS 594M: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): The Eurozone Crisis and Beyond

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

WWS 505: Financial Mgmt Corporate & Public Sector

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

WWS 515B: Program and Policy Evaluation
WWS 515C: Program and Policy Evaluation: Impact Evaluation Tools
WWS 594O: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Risk Analysis

 Human Resources Management

  WWS 528B: Topics in Domestic Policy Analysis: Managing People and Organizations

 Information Management and Technology

 Local Government Management

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  WWS 523: Legal & Regulatory Policy Toward Markets (MPA DP:R/2)

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  WWS 504: Policy Issues and Analysis of Nonprofits
  WWS 594I: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Social Entrepreneurship for Policymakers

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  WWS 512B: Macroeconomic Analysis (Basic) (MPA: R/2)
  WWS 512C: Macroeconomic Analysis (Advanced) (MPA: R/2)
  WWS 524: Advanced Macroeconomics
  WWS 542: International Economics (MPA IR:R/3)
  WWS 544: International Macroeconomics (MPA IR:R/3)
  WWS 582C: Topics in Applied Economics: Growth, International Finance & Crises
  WWS 593F: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): The Economy and Economic Policy in 2013

 International Development

  WWS 552: Globalization and Development
  WWS 561/POL 523: Comparative Political Economy of Develop (MPA DS:R) (MPA EPP: R/3)
  WWS 562B: Economic Analysis of Development: Basic (MPA DS: R/2)
  WWS 562C: Economic Analysis of Development: Adv (MPA DS: R/2)
  WWS 563: International Aspects of Economic Development
  WWS 564: Poverty, Inequality and Health in the World
  WWS 567: Population and Development
  WWS 569: Strategies for Rural Development - Peasantry and Agrarian Transformation
  WWS 571C: Topics in Development: Global Challenges of Infection, Burden & Control
  WWS 572A: Topics in Development: Making Government Work in Fragile States
  WWS 591B: Policy Workshops: Macroeconomic Adjustment & Structural Reforms in Malaysia (MPA: R/8)
  WWS 594C: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): ICT, Economic Development and Political Violence
  WWS 594P: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Advanced Topics in Financial Inclusion

 Social Policy and Welfare

  WWS 594E: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Economics of the Welfare State
  WWS 526: Employment, Poverty and Social Policy


  WWS 568: Economics of Health in Developing Countries
  WWS 591E: Policy Workshop: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (MPA: R/8)
  WWS 591H: Policy Workshop: Health Service Delivery in Punjab, India (MPA: R/8)
  WWS 593B/POP 504B: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights
  WWS 594D: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Challenges in State and Local Health Policy
  WWS 594K: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half Term): The Development Challenge of HIV/AIDS
  WWS 596: Controversies in Health Policy - Historical Perspectives
  WWS 597: The Political Economy of Health Systems
  WWS 598/POP 508: Epidemiology


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  WWS 594T: Topics of Policy Analysis (Half-Term): International Migration and Public Policy

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  WWS 533/ARC 535: Planning Theory and Process
  WWS 534: Land Use Policy and Planning
  WWS 535: Planning Methods
  WWS 537/SOC 537: Social Organization of Cities
  WWS 582A: Topics in Applied Economics - Urban Economics
  WWS 593K: Policy Analysis: Selected Topics (Half-T) State and Local Finance

 Environment and Sustainability

  WWS 593L: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Biodiversity Conservation: Scientific & Policy Issues
  WWS 594S: Topics of Policy Analysis (Half-Term): Climate Change: Science and Policy

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  WWS 585B: Topics in Science/Technology/Environment: Living in a Greenhouse: Technology & Policy
  WWS 586A/MOL 586A: Topics in STEP: Biotechnology Policy

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  WWS 543: International Trade Policy (MPA IR:R/3)

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  WWS 581C: Topics in Economics: Energy Economics
  WWS 586H/ENE 587: Managing the Transition to a Clean Energy
  WWS 591F: Policy Workshop: Rural Energy Alternatives in India (MPA: R/8)
  WWS 594Q: Topics in Policy Analysis (Half-Term): The Future of Nuclear Energy after Fukushima

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  WWS 546: American Foreign Policy
  WWS 549: National Security Policy
  WWS 555C: Topics in International Relations: Negotiation in War and Peace
  WWS 555D: Topics in International Relations: Defense Policy Analysis
  WWS 556B: Topics in International Relations: China's Foreign Relations
  WWS 556D: Topics in International Relations: Protection Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
  WWS 556F/NES 559: Topics in International Relations: US Diplomacy, The Arab Gulf States and Their Neighbors
  WWS 591D: Policy Workshop: Non-Traditional Diplomacy & US Policy in the Middle East (MPA: R/8)

 Policing and Justice Administration

  WWS 591G: Policy Workshop: Best Practices in Reducing Violent Homicide Rates (MPA: R/8)

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

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