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Objectives and Curriculum

Objectives

Program's graduates will:

  • Gain a knowledge of the policy process, public management, and public finance with analytical and research skills in applied policy analysis and specialized knowledge in a "concentration area" such as: 
    • Public Management
    • Environmental Policy
    • Educational Policy (in development; concentration courses available Spring 2011)
  • Develop the ability to reason and analyze from both a normative and problem-solving perspective
  • Develop technical methodological skills
  • Develop substantive policy or management expertise in one concentration area

To complete the Master of Public Policy degree, students must fulfill the following curriculum coursework:

Complete a total of 13 courses which includes:

  • 8 courses from the program's common curriculum
  • 3 courses in the student's selected policy concentration area
  • 1 course as a free elective
  • Internship

Apply their knowledge in the field.

The UMass Dartmouth MPP requires students with less than 2 years of substantial and relevant public policy or public management experience to complete an internship. The field work component of the Internship (2 credits) will be waived if an individual has at least 2 years of substantial and relevant work experience in a policy making or public management position. All students must enroll in the academic seminar component of the Internship.

Demonstrate mastery of an area of professional specialization.

Students must select a policy area concentration by the beginning of their second semester. Available concentration areas for fully online students include:

  • Public Management
  • Environmental Policy
  • Educational Policy

Full-time status requires students to enroll in three graduate level courses per semester and to comply with relevant academic regulations.

The Master's of Public Policy Online Program offers a range of courses selected from the course catalogue.


Schedule of courses

(subject to change)

Online MPP Program

Fall semester

  • POL 500: Public Institutions and the Policy Process
  • POL 540: Microeconomics for Public Policy
  • POL 542: Law and Education
  • POL 560: Environmental Consequences of Globalization
  • POL 570: Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of American Education
  • POL 580: Statistics
  • POL 581: Research Methods for Public Policy
  • POL 599: Public Policy Internship
  • POL 663: Ocean Policy and Law

Wintersession 

  • POL 611: Administrative Law

Spring semester

  • POL 500: Public Institutions and the Policy Process
  • POL 510: Public Management
  • POL 511: Organizational Behavior in Educational Settings
  • POL 530: Policy Analysis
  • POL 541: State and Local Public Finance
  • POL 561: Public Finance in Education
  • POL 562: Environmental Policy
  • POL 585: Applied Policy Research Seminar
  • POL 599: Public Policy Internship
  • POL 661: Environmental Law

Maymester

  • POL 611: Administrative Law


Environmental Policy Certificate Program

Fall semester

  • POL 500: Public Institutions and the Policy Process
  • POL 560: Environmental Consequences of Globalization
  • POL 663: Ocean Policy and Law

Wintersession 

  • POL 611: Administrative Law   

Spring semester

  • POL 500: Public Institutions and the Policy Process
  • POL 562: Environmental Policy   
  • POL 661: Environmental Law

Maymester

  • POL 611: Administrative Law 

Educational Policy Certificate Program

Fall semester

  • POL 500: Public Institutions and the Policy Process
  • POL 542: Law and Education
  • POL 570: Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of American Education   

Spring semester

  • POL 500: Public Institutions and the Policy Process
  • POL 511: Organizational Behavior in Educational Settings   
  • POL 561: Public Finance in Education
     

Students enrolled in the online MPP program are required to declare a concentration area during the first semester of course work. You must schedule a consultation with your program advisor to make the delcaration.

All MPP students complete a Professional Portfolio to meet the degree requirements.

Online MPP students are welcome to enroll in traditional face-to-face courses but must recieve permission from the instructor.


Online programs and courses are offered by the Departments and Colleges of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth through UMass Dartmouth University Extension.

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