Master in Public Policy
"JU’s program has a unique emphasis on understanding the entirety of the policy process. Given the opportunity, I would definitely go back and do it all over again."
Elizabeth Feustel, Jacksonville University JD-MPP '16, MPP Program Manager
The Master in Public Policy degree at Jacksonville University is a two-year, 48-credit program that emphasizes interdisciplinary study and the development of core skills in policy analysis, quantitative methods, management and leadership. Students are prepared for diverse leadership and career opportunities through internship, capstone policy project, and policy related electives.
The MPP core curriculum includes courses in microeconomics, public finance, political science, statistics, legal processes and foundations, public institutions, ethics, and leadership. Students gain skills in policy analysis, quantitative methods, and policy research. For more detailed degree requirements, click here.
Students considering an MPP degree should understand this is not a Master in Public Administration (MPA). The MPA focuses on the budgeting and management aspects of implementation and execution of public policy. The MPP focuses on policy analysis and decision making.
Are you already working in a policy-related position? If you are a mid-career professional with 5+ years of relevant policy experience, you may be interested in our Executive Master in Public Policy program.
"My MPP degree has taught me to think critically, to influence, to collaborate and solve problems – these are indispensable skills."
Tom Majdanics, University of Chicago MPP, Adjunct Faculty Member
MPP students can enroll full-time or as part of our part-time evening program.
Full time students can anticipate completing the MPP in two years, taking four courses per fall and spring semester, and interning during the summer.
Working students, mid-career professionals, Teach for America Corp members, public sector employees and others who wish to continue working or teaching while attaining the MPP degree can enroll part time in evening or daytime classes. The internship requirement may be waived for students with qualifying work experience. Part time students can anticipate completing the MPP degree in three years by taking two classes a semester, including summers.
Admissions requirements for the MPP include:
- A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- A completed graduate admission application form.
- Five required documents:
- Transcripts – An official transcript and a copy of the transcript from the applicant’s undergraduate degree granting institution and an official transcript for all academic work beyond secondary school, including graduate work, study abroad, and community college courses.
- Two letters of recommendation
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Official Graduate Record (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score report.
- Essay – Statement of Purpose (required) – The Statement of Purpose is a concise essay (750 – 1,000) words on the applicant’s academic and career goals, why the applicant is applying to the MPP program.
- Optional Statement (not required) – the JU PPI admissions committee welcomes additional information that an applicant may wish the committee to consider. This optional essay can address the applicant’s personal background, work experience, etc. It is recommended that the optional statement be limited to 1,000 words. There is no penalty for not submitting this statement.
- All applications and transcripts of undergraduate as well as graduate work must be on file in the Office of Graduate Admission prior to acceptance.
- Admission to graduate study is granted on an individual basis upon review of the applicant’s entire academic record and the applicant may be asked to have a personal interview with the director of the MPP program.
- In addition to the program admission requirements, all international student applicants must meet the JU admissions requirements as outlined under “International Students.” Further, all international students are required to present GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores.
- Any exceptions to the preceding requirements must be approved by the Director of the MPP program.
All application materials should be mailed to:
2800 University Boulevard North
Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394
Jacksonville University welcomes applications from veterans to the MPP program. The EMPP program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.
Admission to Candidacy
A student may be admitted to candidacy for the MPP degree only if all admission materials have been filed with the Office of Graduate Admission.
A maximum of six (6) semester hours or 10 quarter hours of graduate academic credit may be transferred from an accredited academic institution. The credit must be in courses similar in content and rigor to Jacksonville University’s MPP Program, and the grade must be at least a “B.” To be eligible for transfer credit, the student must submit a transcript and catalog description of the course(s) to the Director of the Public Policy Institute. All courses submitted for transfer credit consideration must have been taken within five years of beginning the MPP program. Any work transferred to Jacksonville University will be entered on the JU transcript as hours earned only and will not be used in computation of the grade point average.
- MPP Applicants with a Juris Doctor (JD) – Six academic credits are awarded toward the MPP degree for MPP applicants with a Juris Doctor degree who meet the following requirements: (1) have obtained a JD from an ABA accredited laws school, (2) have passed a state bar examination, and (3) have practiced law for a minimum of five years. These applicants will receive six academic credits toward the 48 credits required for the MPP degree at JU.
- MPP Applicants with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) – Six academic credits are awarded toward the MPP degree for MPP applicants with an MBA who meet the following requirements: (2) have obtained a MBA from an accredited business school, and (2) subsequently have at least five years of work experience. These applicants will receive six academic credits toward the 48 credits for the MPP degree at JU.