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About the Department of Public Policy

Department Overview

The Department of Public Policy is an academic department of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. We offer a graduate program that leads to a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with the following concentrations:

  • Educational Policy

  • Environmental Policy

  • Public Management

* Courses available in the above concentrations can be found here.

In addition to the MPP program, we also offer graduate certificates in the following areas:

Our graduate programs in public policy are meant to prepare students for careers in both public and private arenas. Our graduate certificate programs provide a foundation in public policy principles with specialization courses in either education or environmental policy. Our MPP program prepares students for careers in a variety of policy-related fields including: management, planning, policy analysis, and program evaluation. Graduates work in a variety of sectors, both public and private. Recent graduates have gone on to work for government, non-profits, private organizations, and consultant organizations.

Faculty Members

The Department of Public Policy draws faculty from a variety of disciplines with an emphasis on multidisciplinary scholarship. Faculty members are experts in their respective fields of study, but often work collaboratively across traditional fields to better understand the evoluation and impacts of public policy on society. 

To learn more about the people involved in the Department of Public Policy, please refer to the following page: