Executive Master in Public Policy

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Why Choose Our Program?

The Executive Master in Public Policy (EMPP) degree is designed for mid-career professionals with at least seven years of work experience. This master’s degree program helps prepare those working in government, non-profits, education, law, consulting, and business for advancement in their fields and careers, with a focus on public policy understanding, design, and analysis, as well as politics, management, and leadership. Our program:

  • Is only 39 credits and can be completed part-time in two years
  • Has exclusive access to community leaders through EMPP Leadership Speaker Series
  • Prepares you for advancement in your career with a focus on policy analysis, management, and leadership

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Priority Deadline: February 15, 2023

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About Our Program

Our Curriculum

EMPP is a 39 credit hour program for mid-career professionals. The EMPP includes core courses, a Capstone Policy Project, and elective courses. EMPP students are required to take PPOL 661 Introduction to Public Administration as one of their elective courses. 

Core Courses (27 Credits)

  • PPOL 501, Microeconomics for Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 511, Political Institutions, Processes and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 513, Law and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 521, Statistics and Research Methods in Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 502, Public Finance (3 credits)
  • PPOL 512, Ethics and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 541, Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • PPOL 555, Leading Organizations (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • PPOL 610/MGT 610, Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • PPOL 611/MGT 620, Responsible Leadership (3 credits)
  • PPOL 612/MGT 630, Teamwork and Organizational Change (3 credits)

Elective Courses (6 Credits)

  • PPOL 661, Introduction to Public Administration
  • Three additional credits of PPOL elective

Capstone Project (6 Credits)

Choose one of the following course sequences:

Option 1:
  • PPOL 695, Client Policy Project I (3 credits)
  • PPOL 696, Client Policy Project II (3 credits)
Option 2:
  • PPOL 697, Capstone Research Policy Thesis I (3 credits)
  • PPOL 698, Capstone Research Policy Thesis II (3 credits)
Option 3:
  • PPOL 699, Capstone Intensive (6 credits)

Student Handbook

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"This degree has allowed me to be educated, trained, and prepared to advocate for public policy issues affecting the aging population and persons living with disabilities; the same preparation helped to secure me a place in the city council runoff in 2019. I plan to continue to advocate for public policy issues that affect my community, craft legislation, and maybe even one day, pass legislation that impacts the issues most important to those I serve."

Tameka Gaines HollyExecutive MPP Alumni

AdmissionsHow to Apply

  • Unofficial Transcripts for all degrees
  • Completed JU Application
  • Statement of Intent
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional: GRE, GMAT, or LSAT Score

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Contact Information Public Policy Institute

Davis College of Business & Technology
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Phone: (904) 256-7000
Email: graduateadmissions@ju.edu

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