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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 9 hours of more quantitatively-focused classes such as microeconomics, research methods, statistics, and advanced data analysis, and 6 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

Term: Fall, Year 1
Term: Fall, Year 2
Course
Credits
Course
Credits
POLC 6310 Administrative Theory
3
POLC 6316 Statistical Methods for Policy Research III
3
POLC 6313 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
3
POLC 6330 Philosophy and Public Policy I
3
POLC 6314 Statistical Methods for Policy Research I
3
Public Policy Elective
3
TOTAL REQUIRED FALL, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9
TOTAL REQUIRED 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 6331 Philosophy and Public Policy II 3
POLC 6352 Quantitative Methods & Applications
3
Public Policy Elective 3
TOTAL REQUIRED SPRING, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9
TOTAL REQUIRED SPRING, YEAR 2 CREDITS 9
Term: Summer, Year 1
Course
Credits
POLC 6391 Internship in Public Policy
3
TOTAL REQUIRED SUMMER, YEAR 1 CREDITS
3
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS
39