_MG_4957.jpgThe JU MPP Degree is a two-year program for full time students. It includes 10 core courses, a summer internship after the first year of classes, a capstone policy project with a real world client organization or traditional policy research thesis, and elective courses which include one policy-oriented law school course at the Florida Coastal School of Law. The JU MPP curriculum stresses substantive knowledge, core skills and real world experience.

The JU MPP core curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature and designed to provide JU MPP students with the fundamental substantive knowledge that is essential to public policy analysis and decision-making. This substantive knowledge includes microeconomics, public finance, political science, statistics, legal processes and foundations, public institutions, ethics and leadership. The core curriculum is also designed to provide JU MPP students core skills in policy analysis, quantitative methods, policy research, and leadership. Along with the summer internship, capstone policy project and elective courses, JU MPP students are prepared to for diverse career opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors as leaders, managers and analysts.

Students considering an MPP degree should also understand the difference between the MPP degree and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA). The MPA tends to focus on the implementation and execution of public policy, with a core curriculum that emphasizes budgeting and management. The MPP degree is focused on policy analysis and decision making, with a curriculum which includes economics, quantitative methods and substantive policy courses.