Curriculum

The Master of Public Policy curriculum is developed and updated to make sure it is reflective of the student body we serve, as well as the challenges they may face as policy analysts and creators. Our core courses, and electives taught within the department, are offered in the evenings in order to accommodate our many students who wish to work full time while pursuing their degree. 

The two-year course of study for the Master of Public Policy includes 42 required credit hours divided among three components-  24 core units, 15 elective units, and 3 units for a Capstone policy lab. The program does not require a minor; however faculty members will work with students to find appropriate electives to help develop expertise in the student’s policy area of choice.

Curriculum

►Core Courses (24 Credits)

  • PA 500: Economics for Public Policy
  • PA 503: Politics, Policy & Public Management
  • PA 505: Methods for Program Evaluation 
  • PA 515: State & Local Government Finance
  • PA 552: Statistical Decision Making
  • PA 553: Policy Analysis I
  • PA 554: Policy Analysis II
  • PA 555: Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis II

►Elective Courses (15 credits)

Students are encouraged to concentrate their elective courses in the one or two main areas that will help them meet their career objectives. However, we also encourage our students to talk with faculty about their future career endeavors to ensure they are taking elective classes appropriate for their specific goals.

To help students pick classes in areas that might pertain to their career objectives, we have categorized them into concentrations, listed below. Students are not required to take their elective courses within one concentration, but are welcome to do so. Please note that not every course will be offered in every academic year. Additionally, students are allowed to take no more than 12 units outside of the department; these classes must be graduate level courses and must be approved by the Graduate Programs Manager prior to registration.

Examples of concentrations students may find interest in are listed below. Also listed are faculty members who have expertise in these areas; please feel free to reach out to them to discuss the best course options for you based on specific career endeavors. 

  • Students will pursue 15 credits of study in their policy field of interest
  • With PRIOR department faculty approval, up to 12 units of graduate level courses may be pursued outside SGPP
    • Please note that some courses are not 3 units, and the student is responsible for ensuring that they have completed 15 units of elective coursework
    • Courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator prior to the first day of classes
    • Students are allowed to take no more than 12 units outside the department; this is a University policy and will be strictly enforced. Students are responsible for adhering to this policy, even when gaining departmental approval for courses outside of the department. For more information on this policy, please see this link
  • Please note that courses outside of our department will likely not be taught in the evening
  • Some course options can be found in the following link; to help students pick classes in areas that might pertain to their career objectives, we have categorized them into concentrations. Students are not required to take courses from this list or in one concentration, but are welcome to do so. Please note that not every course will be offered in every academic year, and course enrollment is contingent on the instructor allowing you to take the course.

►Capstone Course/Project (3 credits)

  • PA 594
  • Students must complete PA 554 prior to taking the Capstone
  • 6 of 8 CORE courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Capstone Course.
  • Capstone Course Projects are typically supervised during the student's final Spring semester by SGPP faculty; if you are a student that plans to graduate in a Fall semester, please work with your faculty advisor to make sure that your Plan of Study is correct. 
  • Students MUST submit a “Plan of Study” (intended graduation date) to the Graduate College prior to enrollment in Capstone Course. Information is available at: https://grad.arizona.edu/gcforms/academic-services-forms.

MPP Fall Admissions Sample Plan

MPP Spring Admissions Sample Plan