College of Education and Public Policy

Welcome to the Department of Public Policy graduate programs.  We have two educational options for you to continue your education beyond an undergraduate degree. For more information, check out our graduate brochure.

Public Management
Masters 39 credits
Certificate 15 credits
Concentrations Health Systems Administration & Policy or
Public Administration & Policy
Course Requirements Masters, Certificate
Accreditation In Process

Master of Public Management

The Master of Public Management (M.P.M.) degree program is a professional graduate degree to enhance the administrative and evaluative skills of managerial practitioners in our service area and to advance the department’s commitment to public service and regional responsiveness. Graduate level students seeking positions of leadership within governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, health care administration, and other related public sector professions, will find the M.P.M. degree program provides the necessary tools for success.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Opportunity

The Department of Public Policy sponsors one graduate teaching assistantship each academic year. The GTA typically has sole responsibility for teaching one of our four introductory courses: PPOL E162 (Environment and People); PPOL H120 (Contemporary Health Issues); PPOL J101 (The American Criminal Justice System); or PPOL V170 (Introduction to Public Affairs).
The GTA receives a fee remission and stipend for teaching one class for the fall semester and one class for the spring semester.To apply for 2016-2017, please send a letter of intent, resume, and writing sample by March 4, 2016 to Prof. Brian Fife, Chair and Director of Graduate Studies.

Applying for the Experiential Credit Option

Letter to MPM Students
Student Application
Supervisory Recommendation Form

Student TestimonialPhoto of Surienda Kaur and two other graduate students.

"Education has been an essential part of my growth as an individual. My experience with the Department of Public Policy has been a positive one and one that has impacted me personally and professionally. As a Master of Public Affairs with concentration in Health Systems Administration student, I had abundant amount of support from faculty members. The experiences in the classroom have been critical to the growth of my knowledge on health care and public management issues. The diverse background of students provided great discussions and real world knowledge that enhanced the course material. In addition, I was also able to apply course material in a real world environment through an internship and this experience helped me build important contacts within the community."

Surinder Kaur, Class of 2013