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The Master of Public Policy (MPP) emphasizes field-based learning in public service to develop effective leaders in nonprofit and government professions. Students will develop public policy and leadership skills in the community through the School of Public Service curriculum—every course in the degree program integrates field study. MPP stresses ethics, problem-solving and research skills, and the ability to implement public policy.
The MPP may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest. Students participating in a combined MPP/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs. A separate application process for the certificate is required. Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.
- Masters in Public Policy + Community Development Certificate
- Masters in Public Policy + Metropolitan Planning and Development Certificate
- Masters in Public Policy + Global Health Certificate
- Masters in Public Policy + Geographic Information Systems Certificate
- Masters in Public Policy + Social Research Certificate
- Masters in Public Policy + Sustainable Urban Food Systems Certificate
- Masters in Public Policy + Women's and Gender Studies Certificate
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||52|
Students will be able to:
- Explain relevant public management and leadership issues to target audiences in the appropriate written and oral formats.
- Apply an ethical framework in making an organizational decision on a current moral dilemma.
- Apply an understanding of the policy making and implementation process.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the economic, legal, political, and organizational environment of policy advocacy.
- Demonstrate policy research competencies through a multi-step self-assessment process.
Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours). Ten courses (40 credit hours) of core coursework and three courses (12 credit hours) of electives are required.
|MPS 500||INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGEMENT||4|
|MPS 533||APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE||4|
|MPS 541||ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE||4|
|MPS 542||POLICY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS||4|
|MPS 543||POLICY IMPLEMENTATION||4|
|MPS 546||ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING||4|
|MPS 563||LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY||4|
|MPS 583||RESEARCH METHODS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE||4|
|MPS 593||INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR||4|
|MPS 594||ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICE||4|
|Select three from the following:||12|
|SUSTAINABLE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT|
|HEALTH CARE POLICY|
|GIS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT|
|POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND PUBLIC POLICY|
|HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT|
|STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/INSTITUTIONS|
|SPECIAL TOPICS (department consent required)|
Students in the School of Public Service will follow many of the requirements, rules, and regulations set by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the DePaul University Graduate Handbook. There are additional academic regulations specific to students in the School of Public Service. Please see information below.
All students within the School of Public Service must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher as part of their requirements for graduation. As a result, any student who earns a cumulative GPA below 2.7 (B-) is placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are required to meet with the Assistant Director for Academic Advising to discuss their performance and determine a plan for improvement.
Students who are not able to raise their cumulative GPA to a minimum of 2.7 within two academic quarters (after being placed on academic probation) are subject to dismissal from the program.
If a student is dismissed from the program (as outlined in the dismissal policy), he or she may reapply through the formal admission application process.
In order to graduate from the program, students must complete all program requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. If a student's cumulative GPA is below a 2.7, he or she may be denied graduation.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
While MPS courses are open to non-degree seeking graduate students, pre-requisite requirements for certain courses may be enforced.