Master in Public Policy (MPP) Curriculum

The JU MPP degree is a two-year, 48 credit hour program. It includes 10 core courses, summer internship, two-semester capstone policy project, and four elective courses. One elective course is a policy oriented course at the Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL).

Foundation Courses

These courses are designed for candidates who lack basic knowledge in the following disciplines:

Code​ Course​ Credit​
DSIM 500​ Essentials of Quantitative Methods​ 2​
​ECON 500 ​Essentials of Economics 2​

Core Courses (10 core courses)

The following courses are required for all MPP students:

Code​ Course Credit​
PPOL 501​ Microeconomics for Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 502 Public Finance​ 3​
​PPOL 511 Public Institutions, Process and Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 512 Ethics and Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 513 Law and Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 521 Statistics and Research Methods in Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 530/DSIM 530  Analytical Methods for Decision Making​ 2​
​  or PPOL 531 Quantitative Method and Analysis​
PPOL 541​ Public Policy Analysis​ 3​
​PPOL 550/MGT 550 Leading Organizations​ 2​
PPOL 610/MGT 610​ Strategic Human Resource Management​ 3​
  or PPOL 611/MGT 620​ Responsible Leadership​
​  or PPOL 612/MGT 630 Teamwork and Organizational Change​
Subtotal:  ​ 28​

JU PPI Summer Internship (2 credit hours)

All JU MPP students must complete a summer internship. JU PPI has developed a network of public, private and non-profit agencies that provide internships to JU MPP students. Some are paid and some non-paid. A JU PPI Internship Scholarship Fund will seek to provide scholarships for students in non-paid internships.

Code Course Credit
PPOL 590 JU PPI Internship 2
Subtotal:  2


Capstone Policy Project (6 credit hours)

A two-semester (3-credit hour course each semester) Capstone Policy Project is required of all MPP students.  Students choose between working in a small group with a faculty advisor for a real world client organization on a public policy challenge or working with a faculty advisor on a policy question of the student's choosing. Both options require a research paper and formal presentation to faculty members and policymakers.

Code​ Course​ Credit​
PPOL 695 Client Policy Project I 3
  and PPOL 696​ Client Policy Project II 3
PPOL 697 Research Policy Thesis I 3
  and PPOL 698​ Research Policy Thesis II 3​
                                                                           Subtotal:  ​ 6​


Additional Courses Required for MPP students (4 elective courses)

MPP students must take four 3-credit hour elective courses, including one policy oriented course at the Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL). JU MPP students may take up to two law school courses to be counted toward the MPP degree. Diverse policy oriented law school courses at FCSL are available to JU MPP students and are listed on the JU PPI and FCSL websites.

Code​ Course​ Credit​
PPOL LAWP​ Law School Policy Course (FCSL)​ 3​
​PPOL xxx Three, 3-credit hour, 500/600 level Public Policy ​ 9​
Elective courses​
                                                                              Subtotal:  ​ 12​
​                                                                                    Total:  48​