Gov._Rick_Scott.jpgAbout the JU Public Policy Institute

The JU Public Policy Institute (JU PPI) seeks to prepare future leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors, better educate mid-career professionals, and solve community problems through public policy expertise, collaboration among policymakers and academics, and public discussion on policy issues that shape the future of Florida and the nation.

The heart of the JU Public Policy Institute is its two-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) Program. This is the first MPP Program in the state of Florida. In addition, the Institute has established the first MPP dual degree programs in the state. This includes the Master in Public Policy-Juris Doctor (MPP-JD), Master in Public Policy-Master of Business Administration (MPP-MBA) and Master of Public Policy-Marine Science (MPP-MA/MS in MSC) dual degree programs.

The Institute has developed an extensive network of 40 community partners to support the Institute and JU MPP students. The 25 member, nonpartisan JU PPI Board of Advisors is a diverse cross section of some of Florida’s most respected and successful business, civic, and community leaders. In addition, a network of 15 private, public and non-profit organizations will provide internships to JU MPP students,  including the Florida Governor’s Office, Congressional Offices, CSX Corporation, Florida Blue, public authorities (in transportation, utilities, international trade, and water management), a lobbying firm, education agencies, and non-profit agencies.

The Institute’s public policy program is focused on students, mid-career professionals and the community. It includes the following:

Academic Program: MPP Degree and Three Dual Degree Programs


The JU MPP degree is a two-year program that emphasizes interdisciplinary study and the development of core skills in policy analysis, quantitative methods, management and leadership. Along with a summer internship, capstone policy project and elective courses, students are prepared for diverse leadership and career opportunities, including local, state and federal government, public office, consulting firms, corporate government affairs departments, think tanks, non-profit organizations, and any agency, company or organization that requires public policy knowledge, experience and analysis.

MPP graduates work in the public, non-profit and private sectors and play an important role in shaping the future of the communities in which they live.

The JU MPP dual degree programs offer an opportunity to receive two graduate degrees concurrently and in less time than if pursued separately. The MPP-JD dual degree program, offered in conjunction with the Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL), is a four year program.  If pursued separately, both degrees would take five years to complete.  The MPP-MBA dual degree program is offered through JU PPI and the JU Davis College of Business (DCOB), while the MPP- Marine Science (MA-MS in MSC) dual degree program is offered through JU PPI and the JU Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI). These dual degrees can be obtained in three years, instead of four years if pursued separately.

Mid-Career Program 

For those already in the work force, JU PPI seeks to provide executive courses, training programs and a certificate (non-degree) program in public policy. These courses and programs in public policy can provide invaluable education and training for mid-career professionals, elected officials and others in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Community Programs 

JU PPI seeks to solve community problems and help shape public policy for the region, state and nation. As part of its public policy program, JU PPI seeks to provide policy conferences, forums and speakers that bring together policymakers, academics and the public. The conferences, forums and speaker events are open to the public and seek to provide collaboration, a neutral gathering place and substantive public policy expertise, education and discussion.