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Public Policy

Program Description

The interdisciplinary Public Policy program, which offers both a master’s and doctoral degree, is designed for highly motivated individuals who wish to pursue advanced graduate studies in public policy and public policy analysis. The student body includes both full-time and part-time students. Most of the courses are offered in the evening to permit students who work to pursue their degrees.

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Degrees Offered:

Ph.D., Public Policy
Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis offered jointly by the Department of Economics and the Department of Public Policy.

J.D./M.P.P. and J.D./Ph.D. offered with the University of Maryland School of Law.

There is a comparable J.D./Ph.D. program with the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Articulated M.P.A/Ph.D. in Public Policy with the University of Baltimore.


Education policy
Evaluation and analytic methods
Health policy
Public Management
Urban policy

Disciplinary concentrations:
Policy History (Ph.D. only)

Department:  Public Policy

Part-Time or Full-Time:  Full-time, Part-Time

Online or On Campus:  On Campus

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s

Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test and resume required. Research paper strongly recommended.
M.P.P.-For best consideration, apply by January 15 for fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester.
Ph.D.- Applications must be received by January 15 for consideration for fall or spring of the following year.

Term of Admission: Fall and Spring

Domestic Application Deadlines:

M.P.P. – January 15 (Fall), November 1 (Spring)
Ph.D. – January 15 (Fall or Spring)

International Application Deadlines:

M.P.P. – January 1 (Fall), September 1 (Spring)
Ph.D. – January 15 (Fall or Spring)

Non-Degree Seeking:
July 15 (Fall), December 15 (Spring)

Contact Us

Main Contact Info: 410-455-3201 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:

Tim Brennan, 410-455-3229,

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Sally Helms, 410-455-3202,


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