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‌Welcome to Public Policy

The Department of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary academic department that offers its students a wide variety of graduate educational options using an online course format. Programs include the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, as well as graduate certificates in environmental policy, educational policy, and public management. All of the Department's programs of study center around courses that emphasize the development of anaytical and critical thinking skills, understanding of the policy process, and the ability to articulate and manage in the public sphere.

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.

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Note on Graduate Certificates and the MPP Program


A completed graduate certificate waives the GRE requirement, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and transcript retrieval 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. Apply to the MPP now at Online & Continuing Education.


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