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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)

International Application Deadlines:

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

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

All full-time M.P.P. and Ph.D, students have the opportunity to apply for funding as a graduate assistant for up to 4 years. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week with a faculty member on campus conducting research or providing teaching assistance. Full-time Graduate assistantships typically include a stipend, 10 hours of tuition remission and University health benefits. Students wishing to receive an assistantship via the School Public Policy will be considered for placement at the time of application. School of Public Policy assistantship placement is highly competitive, we encourage all applicants to explore funding options both internal and external to UMBC. Graduate assistantships are also available externally through UMBC Residential Life, and the Office of Graduate Student Life. Other funding sources can be reviewed on the Graduate School website here:

All students seeking aid should submit a FASFA application. The deadline for consideration for Graduate Assistantships is January 15. Students admitted for Spring 2021 and current students can also apply.

Contact Us

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

Graduate Program Director:

Jane Lincove,

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Shelley Morris,


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