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Degree Requirements

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The Master of Public Policy degree requires 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 – 8:30 p.m. Academic advising and career placement services will be coordinated by a dedicated Hobby School staff member.

The MPP degree curriculum is interdisciplinary with a quantitative emphasis, incorporating political science, economics, computer science, business and statistics. The degree also requires nine hours of more quantitatively-focused classes such as microeconomics, research methods, statistics, and advanced data analysis, six hours in philosophy and research ethics, and three hours for an internship.

In addition, students are required to complete a specialization that is six hours, or typically two courses. This specialization and courses are selected by the student and approved by the Hobby School.

The Hobby School does not have a pre-selected list of specializations that must be used. We work with students to select graduate-level electives throughout the university that fit their interests. The following are some examples of MPP students' specializations: Governmental Affairs, Health Policy, Higher Education Policy, Nonprofit Management and Quantitative Methods.

The specialization will not specifically appear on students' diploma or transcripts. However, a record is kept by the Hobby School of all specializations, and students are encouraged to list their specialization on their resume.

The UH MPP Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The following table shows a sample degree plan for a full-time MPP student that begins in the fall semester:

Term: Fall, Year 1
Term: Fall, Year 2
Course
Credits
Course
Credits
POLC 6311 Leadership and Professional Development
3
POLC 6312 Public Finance
3
POLC 6313 Policy Analysis I: Microeconomics
3
POLC 6316 Policy Research Methods III: Advanced Quantitative Modeling
3
POLC 6314 Policy Research Methods I: Introduction to Statistics
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 6320 Policy Analysis II: Political Analysis
3
² Public Policy Elective 3
POLC 6330 Philosophy and Public Policy I
3
² Public Policy Elective 3
TOTAL SPRING, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9
TOTAL SPRING, YEAR 2 CREDITS 9
Term: Summer, Year 1
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS:
39
Course
Credits
¹ POLC 6391 Public Policy Internship
3
TOTAL SUMMER, YEAR 1 CREDITS
3

¹ POLC 6391 Public Policy Internship is a required course. However, a student may use current employment 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 full-time MPP student that begins in the spring semester:

Term: Spring, Year 1
Term: Spring, Year 2
Course
Credits
Course
Credits
POLC 6330 Philosophy and Public Policy I
3
POLC 6315 Policy Research Methods II: Multivariate Analysis
3
² Public Policy Elective
3
POLC 6317 Public Policy Capstone
3
² Public Policy Elective
3
POLC 6320 Policy Analysis II: Political Analysis
3
TOTAL SPRING, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9
TOTAL SPRING, YEAR 2 CREDITS 9
Term: Summer, Year 1 Term: Fall, Year 2
Course
Credits
Course
Credits
¹ POLC 6391 Public Policy Internship
3
POLC 6312 Public Finance
3
POLC 6316 Policy Research Methods III: Advanced Quantitative Modeling 3
POLC 6331 Philosophy and Public Policy II 3
TOTAL SUMMER, YEAR 1 CREDITS
3
TOTAL FALL, YEAR 2 CREDITS 9
Term: Fall, Year 1
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS:
39
Course
Credits
POLC 6311 Leadership and Professional Development
3
POLC 6313 Policy Analysis I: Microeconomics
3
POLC 6314 Policy Research Methods I: Introduction to Statistics
3
TOTAL FALL, YEAR 1 CREDITS
9

¹ POLC 6391 Public Policy Internship is a required course. However, a student may use current employment 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.


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