What will I learn?

The MPP offers students an interdisciplinary graduate education designed to develop skills for careers in which a solid understanding of the public policy process and the analysis and evaluation of public policies are essential. Students will be prepared for analytical and administrative positions and responsibilities in a wide array of professional settings in the public, nonprofit and private sectors as well as advanced study for careers in research.

Students gain an essential foundation in applied economic and statistical analysis, which will help them address important public policy questions. The program also focuses on ethics and effective communication.

Career Options

What makes a professional career in public policy unique is the emphasis on tackling “wicked problems” - the challenging issues that define the public agenda and call for talented individuals to devote their efforts to finding solutions.

A career in public policy once meant government employment, but given the connections between governments, nonprofits, NGOs, the private sector and universities, public policy graduates employed in any of these organizations can have highly productive careers that contribute directly to the public good.

Which department am I in?

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 semester credit hours minimum)

Tuition fees
US$29,796.00 per year
International Student Special Services Fee: USD $100
Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

800 West Campbell Road,

RICHARDSON,

Texas,

75080, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: A score of 550 on TOEFL paper based test; English 112 (provided by ELS Language Centers): Pass. PTE score of 67.

For international students

Degree requirements: The master's program in Public Policy seeks applications from students with a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.

GPA: Although applications will be reviewed holistically, in general, entering students have earned a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) (on a 4.0 point scale).

English proficiency requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (Internet-based test) Minimum score: 80

TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) Minimum score: 550

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum score: 6.5

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) Minimum score: 67

Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center

Duolingo English Test Minimum score: 105

Application Deadlines: Fall term - January 15 (Early), May 1 (Regular); Spring term - May 15 (Early), October 1 (Regular).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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