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Interdisciplinary expertise and community visibility constitute the foundation of the Hobby School of Public Affairs. The Hobby School of Public Affairs offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree, as well as several dual degrees/accelerated pathway programs that are available via partnerships with other academic departments. The Hobby School’s research component is found within the Center for Public Policy, including programs and initiatives such as the Survey Research Institute, the Concept Visualization Lab, the EITM Summer Institute, and the Civitas Project. Public service and community engagement are also a vital component of the Hobby School as evidenced through Hobby Fellows, Leland Fellows, the Civic Houston Internship Program, the nationally-accredited Certified Public Manager program, the Civic Engagement Boot Camp, and various public events.

The Hobby School of Public Affairs is a Full Member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and Institutional Member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM). The Hobby School also maintains a Pi Alpha Alpha chapter, which is the global honors society for public affairs and administration.

The Hobby School of Public Affairs’ Master of Public Policy (MPP) program offers an interdisciplinary degree, which prepares students to conduct advanced quantitative and qualitative analyses. Drawing from political science, psychology, decision sciences and more, MPP graduates will be ready for analytic and decision-making positions in many fields within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In addition, MPP graduates will be prepared to enter a PhD program with a quantitative emphasis. More
Established in 1981, the Center for Public Policy (CPP) serves the Houston community as a non-partisan research organization within the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston. The CPP is dedicated to providing scientific, non-biased data and analysis to public officials, business professionals, community leaders and others through an interdisciplinary approach with particular emphasis on unifying case-study, formal/mathematical modeling, and applied statistics and experiments. More

The Hobby School’s Survey Research Institute (SRI) conducts ongoing public opinion polling. Since its inception within the Center for Public Policy in 1981, SRI has provided polling data for local media such as the Houston Chronicle, KHOU, and KUHF as well as for local, regional, and state public and private sector entities. The SRI’s co-directors are Gail Buttorff and Francisco Cantu, with Founding Director and Hobby School Senior Research Fellow Richard Murray as advisor.

The Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Summer Institute at the University of Houston (UH) was established in 2012. The two-week institute teaches the three-step EITM framework inspired by the National Science Foundation to establish a transparent relation between theory and test. More
The Ethics Center supports events and research that contribute to a deeper understanding of ethics, leadership, and the interconnection between the two: ethical leadership. The Center is dedicated to two main propositions: we all lead others through the ethical choices we make; and good leadership requires ethical reflection. More
The Concept Visualization Lab (CVL) creates multi-dimensional visualizations and proto-types to display research findings in dynamic and interactive graphics. Whether it is a state-wide study or an examination of a local issue, the CVL visualizations can make data come alive. More
In an effort to introduce students to the inner-workings of public service, the Hobby School of Public Affairs manages various internship programs for undergraduates including Hobby Fellows-Austin, Leland Fellows-Washington, and the Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP). Intern alumni are now working from Houston City Hall to Capitol Hill. More
The Hobby School of Public Affairs’ Certified Public Manager (CPM) program is designed for government and non-profit staff and managers who are interested in enhancing their skills and abilities needed to deal with “real-world” problems and situations. CPM graduates apply best practices and theory to their management behaviors and strategies using prescribed sets of professional standards. More
The Hobby School of Public Affairs’ Civic Engagement Boot Camp (CEBC) is a series of one day interactive sessions designed to teach the skills necessary to create positive change. Each workshop will develop and enhance the abilities required to lead effectively within any environment. More
The Hobby School of Public Affairs partners with local governments and numerous Houston organizations including the League of Women Voters, Houston in Action and BakerRipley to promote civic engagement, scientific policy analysis and professional training.More