Welcome to the Department of Public Policy
The Department of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary academic department that offers its students a wide variety of graduate educational options including a traditional and online Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, and online graduate certificates in environmental policy and educational policy. In addtion, certain current undergraduate students can apply to an BA/MPP Accelerated Program. All of the Department's programs of study center around courses that emphasize the development of policy analysis, applied research, and public management skills.
UMass Dartmouth's Department of Public Policy offers students the opportunity to work with and learn from an interdisciplinary community of scholars who are actively engaged in the world of public policy and who regularly work closely with policymakers in federal, state and local government and a myriad of non-governmental organizations.
Note on Graduate Certificates and the MPP Program
A completed graduate certificate waives the GRE requirement for those considering application to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program. In addition, each class counted towards the graduate certificate will be accepted into the MPP program (for certificate holders who apply and are accepted into the MPP program) so long as the student earned a 3.0 (B average) or higher in the course.
Students successfully completing the graduate certificate who wish to apply to the MPP program are expected to achieve a B (3.0) or higher in each of the four (4) courses taken to comprise the graduate certificate program. Students who fail to meet this minimum requirement are unlikely to be admitted to the MPP program.
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