Master of Science

What you can expect from the program:

The program begins begin with core courses in theories of public policy, research methodology, law, and economics. Then each student develops a unique plan of study in his or her chosen policy field. Students leave the program with solid theoretical grounding in public policy, a toolkit of research methodologies, and expertise in one or more policy areas. Students receive individualized advising from a faculty member in their policy focus area who can guide them in developing a curriculum and planning a career. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and typically have several years of work experience making the classroom environment especially rich.


Master’s candidates are required to successfully complete 37 semester hours of graduate coursework. One elective must be taken in the Law School. Credits cannot be double counted toward a law degree. Students may enroll in the program on a part-time or full-time basis. Full-time students can expect to complete the degree program in two academic years; part-time students in three years. Courses are offered in the evenings.

Information accurate as of August 2013. Requirements and policies subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Kathie Simmons or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.

Policy Focus Areas

  • Health Policy
  • Sustainability, Climate Change and the Environment
  • Urban Policy

Core Courses and Syllabi

Internship Requirement

The professional internship provides LPP students with a supervised work experience in the field that they would like to enter.  It is usually completed during the summer between the two academic years and can be taken for-credit or not-for-credit.  The internship advisor is available to meet with students to help identify and arrange an appropriate internship.

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