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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 School of Public Policy.

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

There is also 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.

M.D./M.P.P. offered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Education policy
Emergency services (Ph.D. only)
Environmental policy (M.P.P. only)
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 Program

Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test requirements are temporarily waived. 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 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), November 1 (Spring)

International Application Deadlines:

M.P.P. – January 1 (Fall), October 1 (Spring)
Ph.D. – January 1 (Fall), October 1 (Spring)

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

Contact Us

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

Graduate Program Director:

Jane Lincove,

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Shelley Morris,


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