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MPP and MPA Programs

School of Public Policy, University of Maryland 

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design:  TO COME

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary

Website:  https://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/ 

University: University of Maryland

Location: College Park, Maryland, USA

Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Public Management (MPM)

Marketing Approach: “Students who wish to become adept at analyzing, designing, evaluating, and advocating for public policies should apply for either the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program or the Master of Public Management (MPM) program. Students in both programs attend the same classes and have the same core requirements and specialization opportunities. The primary difference between the two programs is that MPP students must complete 48 course credits while their MPM counterparts must only complete 36 course credits. The admission criteria/standards of the two programs are identical, with one key exception: Only applicants who will have had five or more years of professional policy or management related experience after their undergraduate studies are eligible for the MPM program.”

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD

Academic Unit within University: School of Public Policy 

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The School offers undergraduate minors in Sustainability Studies and Public Leadership, as well as joint degrees with the University’s B.A., J.D., M.B.A. or M.Sc in Conservation Biology curricula. The School also offers a Ph.D. program in Policy Studies.

Posted Tuition: $20,048 for residents of Maryland, $41,864 for non-residents of Maryland for 2015-16 (at https://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/prospective-students/costs-and-financial-aid/tuition-and-expenses, accessed 29 August 2015).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: “The curriculum of both programs has three components: the required core curriculum, the requirements of a chosen specialization (similar to a major at the undergraduate level), and general electives… The required core courses provide students with a grounding in the various perspectives, skills, and tools policy analysts and leaders must possess to develop and manage policies effectively, without regard to a specific policy field. Requirements vary by specialization, so students must complete requirements with respect to their specializations. Students who have already mastered the topics of a core course may get permission to substitute another course in its place… Students then pursue one (or two) specializations, choosing either one of the pre-designed five-course specializations or a self-designed five-course specialization approved by a faculty advisor.  The School's pre-designed specializations reflect the unique strengths of the Maryland School of Public Policy... The remaining courses needed to complete the required total of 48 credits (MPP) or 36 credits (MPM) may either be additional courses in the student's specialization(s) or nearly any other  policy/management related graduate level course in the School, in the overall University, in any of the other major policy/management programs in the area, or in some cases, at any other accredited University throughout the world (including courses taken prior to entering the master's program but not previously counted toward a degree).” Editor’s note: the MPP and MPM programs also offer slightly different concentrations.

MPP Degree Requirements

Summary: The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a 48-credit (16 one-semester-course) degree program, divided into Core (6 courses), Specializations (5 courses) and General Electives (5 courses).

Core Courses: 6 Introductory Core Courses: Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (PUAF 610) or Quantitative Analysis of Social Policy (PUAF 611) with permission; Political Institutions & Leadership (PUAF 620) or Comparative Political Institutions (PUAF 688A); Microeconomics and Policy Analysis (PUAF 640); Moral Dimensions of Public Policy (PUAF 650); Public Management & Leadership (PUAF 711); and either Macroeconomics (PUAF 641) or Finance (PUAF 670), depending on specialization.

Specializations: Students then pursue one (or two) specializations, choosing either one of the pre-designed five-course specializations or a self-designed five-course specialization approved by a faculty advisor.  The School's pre-designed specializations reflect the unique strengths of the Maryland School of Public Policy: Environmental Policy; Energy Policy; Federal Acquisition; International Development Policy; International Security and Economic Policy; Management and Leadership; Non-Profit Management and Leadership; Public Sector Financial Management; Social Policy; Education Policy; or Health Policy..

General Electives: The remaining courses needed to complete the required total of 48 credits may either be additional courses in the student's specialization(s) or nearly any other  policy/management related graduate level course in the School, in the overall University, in any of the other major policy/management programs in the area, or in some cases, at any other accredited University throughout the world (including courses taken prior to entering the master's program but not previously counted toward a degree).

Duration: 2 years, with optional summer internship after the first year.

Academic Prerequisite: “The typical student will have an undergraduate GPA in the 3.3 to 4.0 range, and combined quantitative and qualitative GRE scores of 1200 to 1500.  Applicants must show through either their quantitative GRE score or their performance in previous coursework that they possess the ability to handle the quantitative elements of the curriculum.”

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 16

Number of Required Courses: 6

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 10

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 

Comprehensive Examination: No.

Thesis Required: No.

Internship Required: No, but strongly encouraged for students with little or no relevant professional policy/management work experience (to occur between the first and second years of the program).

International Study Required: No, but available.

MPM Degree Requirements

Summary: Students with at least five years of public management and/or policy related experience, post-bachelor's degree, have the opportunity to obtain the MPM degree. The Master of Public Management (MPM) is a 36-credit (12 one-semester-course) degree program, divided into Core (6 courses), Specializations (5 courses) and General Electives (1 course).

Core Courses: 6 Introductory Core Courses: Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (PUAF 610) or Quantitative Analysis of Social Policy (PUAF 611) with permission; Political Institutions & Leadership (PUAF 620) or Comparative Political Institutions (PUAF 688A); Microeconomics and Policy Analysis (PUAF 640); Moral Dimensions of Public Policy (PUAF 650); Public Management & Leadership (PUAF 711); and either Macroeconomics (PUAF 641) or Finance (PUAF 670), depending on specialization.

Specializations: Students then pursue one (or two) specializations, choosing either one of the pre-designed five-course specializations or a self-designed five-course specialization approved by a faculty advisor.  The School's pre-designed specializations reflect the unique strengths of the Maryland School of Public Policy: Environmental Policy; Energy Policy; Federal Acquisition; International Development Policy; International Security and Economic Policy; Management and Leadership; Non-Profit Management and Leadership; Public Sector Financial Management; Social Policy; Education Policy; or Health Policy..

General Electives: The remaining courses needed to complete the required total of 36 credits may either be additional courses in the student's specialization(s) or nearly any other  policy/management related graduate level course in the School, in the overall University, in any of the other major policy/management programs in the area, or in some cases, at any other accredited University throughout the world (including courses taken prior to entering the master's program but not previously counted toward a degree).

Duration: 2 years

Academic Prerequisite: “The typical student will have an undergraduate GPA in the 3.3 to 4.0 range, and combined quantitative and qualitative GRE scores of 1200 to 1500.  Applicants must show through either their quantitative GRE score or their performance in previous coursework that they possess the ability to handle the quantitative elements of the curriculum.” These criteria are identical to those admission criteria applicable to the MPP degree, however applicants to the MPM must also have completed at least 5 years of professional policy/management work experience.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12

Number of Required Courses: 6

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 6

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 

Comprehensive Examination: No.

Thesis Required: No.

Internship Required: No.

International Study Required: No, but available.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree 

Professional Development and Career Support: Career support available at https://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/career-services/current-students/career-development-resources.

Student-run Journal: No.

Applied Projects: MPP only: capstone applied project must be completed within students’ chosen specialization.

Pro Bono Consulting: No.

Courses Offered: A listing of core courses as well as electives (listed on each individual specialization’s page) is available at https://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/prospective-students/master-public-policy.

Course Material Online: Course descriptions, but not detailed syllabi, are available at https://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/prospective-students/master-public-policy.

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.   

Maryland

Maryland

MPP

MPM

Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

16.0

12.0

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

22.8%

28.3%

Policy-Oriented Subjects

72.7%

68.1%

Management-Oriented Subjects

27.3%

31.9%

Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects

26.6%

31.3%

  - Policy and Management Analysis

1.5%

1.2%

  - Economic Analysis

6.3%

8.4%

 

  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods

10.1%

11.4%

  - Leadership and Communication Skills

8.6%

10.2%

Institutions and Context Subjects

15.0%

18.7%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

7.1%

9.0%

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability

6.3%

8.4%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

1.5%

1.2%

Management Function Subjects

10.6%

8.4%

  - Public Financial Management

2.3%

1.8%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

6.0%

4.8%

  - Other Management Functions

2.3%

1.8%

Policy Sector Subjects

47.9%

41.6%

  - Macroeconomic Policy

8.6%

10.2%

  - International Development

8.3%

6.6%

  - Health

3.8%

3.0%

  - Other Policy Sectors

27.2%

21.7%

                              Total

100%

100%

Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student

130

107

Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

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

-15

-16

  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)

0

0

  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)

3

2

  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)

-2

-3

  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)

8

6

  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)

-3

-3

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)

-4

-5

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

6

6

  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)

-6

-6

  - Global Context (CCR = 3)

0

-1

  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)

-2

-3

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)

6

1

  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)

0

-1

  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)

-3

-3

  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)

11

9

  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)

12

6

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

-35

-43

Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed

90

90

Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)

6.0

6.0

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

22.8%

28.3%

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

20.4%

16.3%

Courses Required and Offered

Courses Required to Graduate

16

12

Required Courses

6

6

Elective Courses Taken by Typical Student

10

6

Elective Courses Listed

84

84

Enrolment Weight of Elective Course

0.12

0.07

Total Courses Listed

90

90

Source: Information available at https://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/prospective-students (accessed 7 June 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 7 June 2014 and updated by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015 and by Ian Clark on 14 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.

 

Maryland SPP 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

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PUAF 689Z: Strategic Management for Nonprofit and Public Organizations
  PUAF 698V: Managing Social Services

 Economic Analysis

  PUAF 640: Microeconomics and Policy Analysis (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  PUAF 610: Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (R/2)
  PUAF 611: Quantitative Analysis of Social Policy (R/2)
  PUAF 741: Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems

 Analytic Methods

  PUAF 798Z: Non-Profit Management and Leadership
  PUAF 798Y: Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  PUAF 699Q: Demography

 Leadership Skills

  PUAF 711: Public Management & Leadership (R)
  PUAF 692: Leadership Principles and Practices
  PUAF752: Managing Differences
  PUAF 698W: Networks: Leading and Managing Across Sectors

 Communication Skills


Multiple Subjects

 Capstone Courses, Internships, Major Projects, Theses, etc.

  PUAF 660: Policy Workshop
  PUAF 790: Project Course

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PUAF 620: Political Institutions and Leadership (R/2)
  PUAF 688A: Comparative Political Institutions (R/2)

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PUAF 650: Moral Dimensions of Public Policy (R)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PUAF 781: International Economic Policy
  PUAF 798C: International Law and Institutions

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PUAF 689A: Federal Acquisition: Concepts and Management
  PUAF 689G: Government Contracting and Pricing
  PUAF 689F: Current issues in Federal Acquisition
  PUAF 699E: Finance Systems & Control
  PUAF 716: State and Local Budgeting
  PUAF 717: Federal Budgeting
  PUAF 670: Public Financial Management
  PUAF XXXX: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PUAF 689X: Performance Management - Leading for Results
  PUAF 689E: Program Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

  PUAF 698P: Information Policy

 Local Government Management

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PUAF 689D: Social Entrepreneurship
  PUAF 689P: Strategic Philanthropy
  PUAF 689Y: Theory, Practice, and New Paradigms in Nonprofit Fundraising

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  PUAF 641: Macroeconomics (R/2)
  PUAF 679: Finance (R/2)
  PUAF 712: Analysis of Fiscal Conditions
  PUAF 798V: Tax Policy

 International Development

  PUAF 782: International Development Economics
  PUAF 698R: Development Challenges in the Globalization Process
  PUAF 699J: Selected Topics Public Policy: Pathways to Development
  PUAF 688T: Transitional Justice and Development
  PUAF 689J: Food, Economics and Health
  PUAF 689V: Public Policy Topics: Forecasting and Anylzying Political Violence
  PUAF 698O: Ethics, Development and Foreign Aid
  PUAF 699D: Disease, Disaster, and Development
  PUAF 699K: Civil Conflict
  PUAF 699Q: Demography, Development and Social Policy
  PUAF 782: International Development Economics

 Social Policy and Welfare

  PUAF 734: Foundations of Social Policy
  PUAF 698x: Poverty Measurement and Alleviation
  PUAF 737: Strategies of Equality

 Health

  PUAF 698K: Comparative Health Policy
  PUAF 699D: Disease, Disasters & Development
  PUAF 735: Health Policy
  PUAF 745: Human Health and the Environment
  PUAF 798G: Health Economics & Analysis

 Education

  PUAF 732: Education Reform
  PUAF 732: Policy and Politics of Education Reform
  EDPL 615: Economics of Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PUAF 698D: Urban Policy
  PUAF 770: Housing Policy

 Environment and Sustainability

  PUAF 689I: Social-Ecological Systems, Environmental Policy, and Sustainable Development in Indonesia
  PUAF 698L: International Environmental Agreements
  PUAF798T: Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy, and Human Rights in Peru
  PUAF 698X: Water Resources
  PUAF 698W: Wildlife Conservation
  PUAF 699Y: Globalization, Trade & Environment
  PUAF 740: Public Policy and the Environment
  PUAF 742: Environmental Ethics
  PUAF 743: Ecological Economics
  PUAF 744: Environment & Development

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  PUAF 699Z: Energy Policy
  PUAF 798N: Energy Economics
  PUAF: Energy Security

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  PUAF 698C: Intelligence and Policy
  PUAF 698N: Intelligence and National Security
  PUAF 698O: Ethics, Development, and Foreign Aid
  PUAF 698Q: Democracy & Democratization
  PUAF 699D: Disease, Disaster & Development
  PUAF 699K: Civil Conflict
  PUAF 699V: Homeland Security
  PUAF 699Y: Globalization, Business, and Development
  PUAF 720: International Security Policy
  PUAF 780: The American Foreign Policy-Making Process
  PUAF 789V: Forecasting and Analyzing Political Violence
  PUAF 798D: U.S, Defense Policy and Planning
  PUAF 798M: Arms Control and Nonproliferation
  PUAF 798Q: Ethics of War and Conflict

 Policing and Justice Administration

  PUAF 698F: Crime Control

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets


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