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The Master of Public Policy degree requires a total of 39 semester credit hours of coursework, which includes an internship within the public, private, or nonprofit sector. During the last semester, students will complete either an individual or group capstone project that will incorporate the entire program. The program is designed to be completed in two years, but program length will vary depending on full-time or part-time enrollment.

In order to accommodate working students, classes are offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Academic advising and career placement services will be coordinated by a dedicated Hobby School of Public Affairs staff member.

The MPP degree curriculum is interdisciplinary with a quantitative emphasis, incorporating political science, economics, computer science, business, and statistics. Other possible disciplines, depending on a student’s concentration, include sociology, psychology, and education. The MPP program shares some core courses with the Master of Public Administration program in the areas of administrative theory, policy analysis, and public finance.

The MPP also requires nine hours of more quantitatively-focused classes such as microeconomics, research methods, statistics, and advanced data analysis, and six hours in philosophy and research ethics. In addition, students will select an approved specialization track of two electives in areas such as energy policy, environmental policy, health policy, public finance, and public relations. 

The UH MPP Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The following table shows a sample degree plan for a current MPP student beginning in Fall 2018:

Term: Fall, Year 1
Term: Fall, Year 2
Course
Credits
Course
Credits
POLC 6313 Policy Analysis I: Microeconomics
3
POLC 6312 Public Finance
3
POLC 6314 Policy Research Methods I: Introduction to Statistics
3
POLC 6316 Policy Research Methods III: Advanced Quantitative Modeling
3
POLC 6397 Selected Topics in Public Policy: Leadership and Development
3
POLC 6331 Philosophy and Public Policy II
3
TOTAL FALL, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9
TOTAL FALL, YEAR 2 CREDITS 9
Term: Spring, Year 1 Term: Spring, Year 2
Course
Credits
Course
Credits
POLC 6315 Policy Research Methods II: Multivariate Analysis
3
POLC 6317 Public Policy Capstone
3
POLC 6330 Philosophy and Public Policy I
3
² Public Policy Elective 3
POLC 6397 Selected Topics in Public Policy: Policy Analysis II-Political Analysis
3
² Public Policy Elective 3
TOTAL SPRING, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9
TOTAL SPRING, YEAR 2 CREDITS 9
Term: Summer, Year 1
Course
Credits
¹ POLC 6391 Public Policy Internship
3
TOTAL SUMMER, YEAR 1 CREDITS
3
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS
39

The courses listed above that are italicized are either new courses awaiting official approval to become part of the MPP core curriculum (POLC 6397) or exisiting course name changes (POLC 6313/6314/6315/6316/6317/6391).

¹ POLC 6391 Public Policy Internship is a required course. However, a student may use their current job to satisfy the internship requirement if the position is related to public policy and approved by the Hobby School. The course requirements will still need to be fulfilled.

² Two Public Policy Electives comprise the student specialization, and are chosen by the student and approved by the Hobby School.


The following table shows a sample degree plan for a current MPP student that started prior to Fall 2018:

Term: Fall, Year 1
Term: Fall, Year 2
Course
Credits
Course
Credits
POLC 6313 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
3
POLC 6316 Statistical Methods for Policy Research III
3
POLC 6314 Statistical Methods for Policy Research I
3
POLC 6397 Selected Topics in Public Policy: Policy Analysis II-Political Analysis
3
POLC 6330 Philosophy and Public Policy I
3
² Public Policy Elective
3
TOTAL FALL, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9
TOTAL FALL, YEAR 2 CREDITS 9
Term: Spring, Year 1 Term: Spring, Year 2
Course
Credits
Course
Credits
POLC 6312 Public Finance
3
POLC 6317 Statistical Methods for Policy Research IV
3
POLC 6315 Statistical Methods for Policy Research II
3
POLC 6352 Quantitative Methods & Applications 3
POLC 6331 Philosophy and Public Policy II
3
² Public Policy Elective 3
TOTAL SPRING, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9
TOTAL SPRING, YEAR 2 CREDITS 9
Term: Summer, Year 1
Course
Credits
¹ POLC 6391 Internship in Public Policy
3
TOTAL SUMMER, YEAR 1 CREDITS
3
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS
39

The course listed above that is italicized is a new course awaiting official approval to become part of the MPP core curriculum (POLC 6397).

¹ POLC 6391 Internship in Public Policy is a required course. However, a student may use their current job to satisfy the internship requirement if the position is related to public policy and approved by the Hobby School. The course requirements will still need to be fulfilled.

² Two Public Policy Electives comprise the student specialization, and are chosen by the student and approved by the Hobby School.