Public Policy (M.P.P.)

https://carsey.unh.edu/master-public-policy

The Master in Public Policy degree (MPP) offers you the opportunity to learn the skills you need to succeed in today’s public policy jobs—analytical expertise, strategic vision, clear and compelling communications, and the tools of leadership. This master's in public policy program is ideal whether you will be completing your bachelor’s degree in the near future or are currently working in a policy-related field. Choose a track focused on public policy analysis or strategy and communications—and select from a broad range of electives to personalize your degree plan. Built into the unique curriculum are a variety of experiential learning opportunities to deepen and broaden what you learn in the classroom, such as:

  • Colloquium in Washington, DC: Immerse yourself in the capital scene – meeting with leaders in Congress, the White House, government agencies, political parties, advocacy groups, think tanks, and more.
  • Policy Internship: Work in a policy-focused organization to gain practical, real-world experience and a valuable perspective on careers in public policy.
  • Capstone Project: Employ the MPP skills you have gained to delve deeply into a specific policy area to produce a comprehensive written report and oral presentation. 

Earn your MPP degree in as little as 14 months (or 12 months for UNH Accelerated Master's students). You can also choose to earn your MPP degree over a longer period by attending part time.

Program Delivery & Location:  Academic courses are offered in person on the UNH Durham campus with a portion of the experiential learning taking place offsite: in Washington, DC, for the Colloquium and at the Internship site location during the MPP Internship experience.

Accelerated Masters Eligible:  Yes

Students enrolled in the Carsey School's Master in Public Policy program (MPP degree) are required to complete a forty (40) credit program, consisting of:

  • Five (5) CORE Curriculum Courses   
  • Four (4) EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Activities
  • Two (2) PUBLIC POLICY TRACK Courses (Strategy and Communication Track or Policy Analysis Track)
  • Four (4) ELECTIVE Courses

These provide the foundational analytical, strategic, and communication skills for a successful career in the world of public policy making. Students focus their public policy studies by choosing either the Strategy and Communication Track or the Policy Analysis Track and complete two courses in one of the tracks. Courses in both tracks can also be taken as open electives. Further opportunities for depth and specialization in substantive policy areas are provided by open elective courses which vary by semester. As culminating graduate experiences, students apply what they've learned through an MPP internship at a policy-oriented organization as well as conducting a capstone project by delving deeply into a policy area of interest. Both of these experiences are provided with guidance from faculty mentors.

Students are advised to have taken an introductory level economics class prior to starting the MPP program such as a “principles of economics” (macro or micro). Students should consult with their MPP Graduate Academic Advisor to confirm that the course(s) previously taken are sufficient or for suggestions of which courses could be taken prior to starting the MPP program.

MPP CORE Curriculum Courses (5 Courses):
PPOL 806Fundamentals of Policy Analysis3
PPOL 902Strategy and Practice of Public Policy3
PPOL 904Economics for Public Policy3
PPOL 908Quantitative Methods for Policy Research3
PPOL 910Policy Across Borders3
MPP EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Activities (4 Courses):
PPOL 950Washington DC Colloquium3
PPOL 990APolicy Capstone Planning1
PPOL 990Policy Capstone3
PPOL 998APolicy Internship 10
or PPOL 998 Policy Internship
PUBLIC POLICY TRACK (2 Courses): 26
Two (2) courses are selected based upon the chosen track: Strategy and Communication Track or Policy Analysis Track
ELECTIVE Courses (4 Courses): 1, 312
Four (4) open elective courses are selected in substantive areas approved by the MPP program (or 3 open elective courses if the Policy Internship is taken for credit, PPOL 998) 1
Total Credits40

Notes:

SAMPLE 16-MONTH FULL-TIME DEGREE COMPLETION PLAN
--Fall Start (Typical)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
PPOL 806
Fundamentals of Policy Analysis 4
or Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
3
PPOL 812
Strategies for Policy Impact 2, 4
or Strategies for Policy Impact
3
PPOL 904 Economics for Public Policy 3
PPOL 908 Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 3
 Credits12
January Term
PPOL 950 Washington DC Colloquium 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 822
Media Strategy and Skills 2, 4
or Media Strategy and Communication
3
PPOL 902 Strategy and Practice of Public Policy 3
PPOL 910 Policy Across Borders 3
PPOL 990A Policy Capstone Planning 1
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved Elective Course) 2, 3 3
 Credits13
Summer
PPOL 998A
Policy Internship 1
or Policy Internship
0
 Credits0
Second Year
Fall
PPOL 990 Policy Capstone 3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved Elective course) 2, 3 3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved Elective course) 2, 3 3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved Elective course) 2, 3 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits40

SAMPLE 14-MONTH FULL-TIME DEGREE COMPLETION PLAN

--Summer Start

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
PPOL 897
Advanced Special Topics 3
or Advanced Special Topics
3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits6
Fall
PPOL 806
Fundamentals of Policy Analysis 4
or Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
3
PPOL 812
Strategies for Policy Impact 2, 4
or Strategies for Policy Impact
3
PPOL 904 Economics for Public Policy 3
PPOL 908 Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 3
 Credits12
January Term
PPOL 950 Washington DC Colloquium 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 822
Media Strategy and Skills 2, 4
or Media Strategy and Communication
3
PPOL 902 Strategy and Practice of Public Policy 3
PPOL 910 Policy Across Borders 3
PPOL 990A Policy Capstone Planning 1
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 2, 3 3
 Credits13
Second Year
Summer
PPOL 990 Policy Capstone 3
PPOL 998A
Policy Internship 1
or Policy Internship
0
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits40

SAMPLE 24-MONTH PART-TIME DEGREE COMPLETION PLAN
--Fall Start

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
PPOL 806
Fundamentals of Policy Analysis 4
or Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
3
PPOL 904 Economics for Public Policy 3
 Credits6
January Term
PPOL 950 Washington DC Colloquium 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 902 Strategy and Practice of Public Policy 3
PPOL 910 Policy Across Borders 3
PPOL 990A Policy Capstone Planning 1
 Credits7
Summer
PPOL 897
Advanced Special Topics 3
or Advanced Special Topics
3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall
PPOL 812
Strategies for Policy Impact 2, 4
or Strategies for Policy Impact
3
PPOL 908 Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 3
 Credits6
January Term
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 822
Media Strategy and Skills 2, 4
or Media Strategy and Communication
3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits6
Summer
PPOL 990 Policy Capstone 3
PPOL 998A
Policy Internship 1
or Policy Internship
0
 Credits3
 Total Credits40

SAMPLE 36-MONTH PART-TIME DEGREE COMPLETION PLAN
--Fall Start

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
PPOL 806
Fundamentals of Policy Analysis 4
or Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
3
 Credits3
January Term
PPOL 950 Washington DC Colloquium 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 902 Strategy and Practice of Public Policy 3
 Credits3
Summer
PPOL 897
Advanced Special Topics 4
or Advanced Special Topics
3
 Credits3
Second Year
Fall
PPOL 904 Economics for Public Policy 3
PPOL 908 Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 3
 Credits6
January Term
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 910 Policy Across Borders 3
PPOL 990A Policy Capstone Planning 1
 Credits4
Summer
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits3
Third Year
Fall
PPOL 812
Strategies for Policy Impact 2, 4
or Strategies for Policy Impact
3
 Credits3
January Term
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 822
Media Strategy and Skills 2, 4
or Media Strategy and Communication
3
PPOL 998A
Policy Internship 1
or Policy Internship
0
 Credits3
Summer
PPOL 990 Policy Capstone 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits40

NOTES:

  • Apply basic methods of policy development and analysis to design and evaluate public policy
  • Demonstrate competency in public speaking and writing related to public policy
  • Demonstrate competency in strategic and tactical skills for achieving policy objectives
  • Utilize data and research to inform policy design and advocacy
  • Understand policy profession norms and ethics
  • Apply critical thinking skills to address policy-relevant questions