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Public Policy M.P.P.

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Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Contact Information
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3800; fax: 612-626-0002)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 45
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Public Policy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of public policy (MPP) curriculum is built upon a core of required theoretical and methodological courses. In remaining courses, students choose either to emphasize more advanced study of analysis or management, or to focus on a particular substantive area of public policy. Structured concentrations include advanced policy analysis methods; economic and community development; gender and public policy; global public policy; human rights; politics and governance; public and nonprofit leadership and management; science, technology, and environmental policy; and social policy. Students have multiple opportunities to apply the concepts learned in their coursework to real-life policy problems, including cases presented in courses, their internships, and workshops. Dual degrees include MPP/master of business administration; MPP/juris doctor; MPP/master of public health; and MPP/master of social work.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Past applicants needing to strengthen this part of their skill set have found courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics to be helpful preparation.
Special Application Requirements:
A complete application will include a University of Minnesota application, personal statement, resume or C.V., transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), at least three letters of recommendation, and an optional diversity statement.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 45 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
PA 5011 - Management of Organizations (3.0 cr)
PA 5012 - The Politics of Public Affairs (3.0 cr)
PA 5021 - Microeconomics for Policy Analysis (3.0 cr)
PA 5031 - Statistics for Public Affairs (4.0 cr)
PA 5002 - Introduction to Policy Analysis (1.5 cr)
PA 5003 - Introduction to Financial Analysis and Management (1.5 cr)
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PA 5022 - Applications of Economics for Policy Analysis (1.5-3.0 cr)
· PA 5431 - Public Policies on Work and Pay (3.0 cr)
· PA 5503 - Economics of Development (3.0 cr)
· PA 5521 - Development Planning and Policy Analysis (4.0 cr)
· PA 5805 - Global Economics (3.0 cr)
PA 5032 - Applied Regression (2.0 cr)
or PA 5044 - Applied Regression, Accelerated (2.0 cr)
PA 5033 - Multivariate Techniques (2.0 cr)
or PA 5041 - Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts (4.0 cr)
Concentration: 9-12 credits
Global policy concentration requires 12 credits. All other concentrations require 9 credits.
Professional Paper
Professional paper through a capstone workshop, working group, or master's: professional paper (individual option).
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop (3.0 cr)
or PA 8082 - Professional Paper-Writing Seminar (3.0 cr)
or PA 8921 - Master's: Professional Paper (Individual Option) (1.0-3.0 cr)
Electives to bring total credits to 45.
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
This program offers options for four dual degrees. Each dual degree option within the MPP allows for a different number of credits in common between the two programs: MPP/MBA: 24 credits in common allowed; MPP/JD: 29 credits in common allowed; MPP/MPH - Public Health Practice: 26 credits in common allowed; MPP/MSW: 21 credits in common allowed for full program, 15 for advanced standing, 11 for direct practice. In addition, an accelerated bachelor's/master's (BA/MPP in Political Engagement) is available to University of Minnesota Political Science undergraduate students.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Political Engagement
This sub-plan is limited to students completing the program under Plan C.
The College of Liberal Arts and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs offer an early-admission opportunity for eligible University of Minnesota Political Science BA students also interested in completing the master's in public policy (MPP). The MPP's political engagement sub-plan enables political science majors to take 13 MPP credits during their senior (fourth) year, and to complete the MPP after a fifth year of full-time graduate study plus one summer. Interested political science undergraduates should contact the Department of Political Science advisor for more information. The MPP/political engagement sub-plan application deadline is December 15 of the student's junior year, and admission to the MPP/political engagement sub-plan is contingent on a formal admissions process. Students admitted to the MPP/political engagement sub-plan must maintain timely degree progress to ensure all undergraduate degree requirements are completed by the end of their fourth year. The MPP's political engagement sub-plan is open to political science undergraduates only. Double majors may apply, but only if they choose to complete the senior project requirement in political science.
In addition to master's of public policy degree requirements*, students in the political engagement sub-plan will take: Political Engagement (POL 5005, 4 credits) Methods: at least 3 credits beyond PA 5031: Empirical Analysis; chosen from a slate of PA and POL methods courses. Electives: 15 credits relevant to Political Engagement sub-plan. May be chosen from PA or POL. At least 8 credits must be 8xxx POL. Satisfies MPP concentration requirement. Outside electives: 3 credits from outside POL or PA. Number of outside electives may be increased or reduced, in consultation with director of graduate studies. Research for Mentorship Placement: 1 credit directed reading with advisor Mentorship placement: PA 8991 (3 credits) Professional paper: PA 8081, PA 8082, or PA 8921 (3 credits) (*Political Engagement students are not required to take PA 5012 and PA 5022. They are required to take only 3 credits of methods courses beyond PA 5031.)
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PA 5011 - Management of Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Challenges facing higher-level managers in public and nonprofit organizations in mixed economy and democratic republic. Distinctive features of public and nonprofit management, skills necessary for effective management, manager's role as creator of public value. Lectures, case discussions.
PA 5012 - The Politics of Public Affairs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Stages of policy making from agenda setting to implementation. Role and behavior of political institutions, citizens, social movements, and interest groups. Concepts of political philosophy. Theories of state. Team taught, interdisciplinary course. Small discussion sections.
PA 5021 - Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to tools useful for public policy. Intermediate microeconomics.
PA 5031 - Statistics for Public Affairs
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic statistical tools for empirical analysis of public policy alternatives. Frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, elementary probability/probability distributions, statistical inference. Estimation/hypothesis testing. Cross-tabulation/chi-square distribution. Analysis of variance, correlation. Simple/multiple regression analysis.
PA 5002 - Introduction to Policy Analysis
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Process of public policy analysis from problem structuring to communication of findings. Commonly used analytical methods. Alternative models of analytical problem resolution.
PA 5003 - Introduction to Financial Analysis and Management
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Finance/accounting concepts/tools in public/nonprofit organizations. Fund accounting. Balance sheet/income statement analysis. Cash flow analysis. Public/nonprofit sector budgeting processes. Lectures, discussions. Cases. prereq: Public policy major/minor or major in development practice, public affairs or liberal studies or grad nonprofit mgmt cert or instr consent
PA 5022 - Applications of Economics for Policy Analysis
Credits: 1.5 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application of economic reasoning to a wide range of contemporary public policy issues. The following topically-focused courses also fulfill the MPP economics requirement: PA 5431: Public Policies on Work and Pay, PA 5503: Economics of Development, PA 5521: Development Planning and Policy Analysis, PA 5722: Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, and PA 5805: Global Economics. prereq: 5021 or equiv
PA 5431 - Public Policies on Work and Pay
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01861
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public policies affecting employment, hours of work, and institutions in labor markets. Public programs impacting wages, unemployment, training, collective bargaining, job security, and workplace governance. Policy implications of the changing nature of work. prereq: [[PA 5031 or equiv], grad student] or instr consent
PA 5503 - Economics of Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Economic growth, inequality, poverty, rural/urban labor markets, risk/insurance. Investments in human capital, credit markets, gender/household economics, governance/institutional issues. Microfinance, conditional cash transfers, labor/education policies. prereq: PA 5501 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in PA 5501
PA 5521 - Development Planning and Policy Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Techniques of development planning/policy analysis at national, regional, and project levels. Effects of external shocks and government interventions on national/regional economies. Macroeconomic modeling, input-output analysis, social accounting matrices/multipliers, project evaluation. prereq: 5031 or equiv recommended or instr consent
PA 5805 - Global Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [5021 or equivalent] or #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Global trade, exchange rates, finance, international business, and migration in context of theories and evidence that inform the policies pursued at national level. Operation of main international organizations dealing with these issues will also be examined. prereq: [5021 or equivalent] or instr consent
PA 5032 - Applied Regression
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Bivariate/multivariate models of regression analysis, assumptions behind them. Problems using these models when such assumptions are not met. prereq: [5031 or equiv] or instr consent
PA 5044 - Applied Regression, Accelerated
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Bivariate/multivariate models used in regression analysis, including assumptions behind them/problems that arise when assumptions are not met. Course covers similar topics as PA 5032 but uses more mathematical notation/delves deeper into theory/application of methods. prereq: [5031 or equiv} or instr consent
PA 5033 - Multivariate Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use of bivariate and multivariate statistical approaches for analyzing and evaluating public affairs issues and the assumptions behind the analytical approaches. Designed to help students read, understand, interpret, use, and evaluate empirical work used in social sciences by policy analysts and policy makers. prereq: [5032 or 5044 or equiv] or instr consent. May fulfill stats requirements in other programs.
PA 5041 - Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Qualitative analysis techniques, examples of application. Meet with researcher. Hands-on experience in designing, gathering, analyzing data.
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent
PA 8082 - Professional Paper-Writing Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates completion of research paper on current issues in public policy, management, and science, technology and environment. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives studied in core courses. Written report includes analysis of issue, policy recommendations. All topics accepted. Plan A students welcome. prereq: completion of core courses, or instr consent
PA 8921 - Master's: Professional Paper (Individual Option)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work under guidance of paper adviser and committee members to complete their Professional Paper (individual option). prereq: instr consent