Master of Public Policy Curriculum

The MPP degree offered by GW’s Trachtenberg School is a 40-credit hour program. GW’s MPP program provides students with a solid foundation in economics, politics and research methods as applied to policy analysis generally, and with exposure to the range of policy problems in a specific policy field selected by the student.  The program consists of a eight-course core required for all students, a three-course field of study, and three elective courses.

The MPP program provides a balance between a strong core of essential courses and the freedom to select and tailor a field of study.  This mix offers a balance between the coverage of general tools of policy analysis, and the policy issues and analytical approaches found in each of several specific policy areas.

Introductory Core Courses (19 credits)

PPPA 6000   Perspectives on Public Values (1 credit) 

PPPA 6002   Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6007   Economics for Policy Analysis I
PPPA 6011   Politics and Policy Analysis
PPPA 6013   Econometrics for Policy Research I [Pre-req: PPPA 6002]
PPPA 6014   Economics for Policy Analysis II [Pre-req: PPPA 6007]
PPPA 6019   Capstone seminar (taken in final semester after all core courses are complete)

Students electing to waive out of 6002 or 6007 can do so by enrolling directly in 6013 or 6014 (as applicable).

Tools of Analysis (students choose two, 6 credits)

PPPA 6005   Public Budgeting, Revenue & Expenditure Analysis
PPPA 6015   Benefit-Cost Analysis [Pre-req: PPPA 6014]
PPPA 6016   Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation [Pre-req: PPPA 6002]
PPPA 6020   Decision Modeling for Public Policy [Pre-req: PPPA 6002]
PPPA 8022   Econometrics for Policy Research II [Pre-req: PPPA 6013]
PPPA 8023   Mixed Methods in Research Design [Pre-req: PPPA 6002]

For more information on these courses, click here.

Field of Study and Electives (9-15 credits)

Students complete a policy field of at least 9 credits. Students can take an additional 6 credits in their field of study or use those 6 credits as electives (for instance, taking more tools courses or other courses in other fields of study). Learn more about the Fields of Study.


The Professional Development Plan

Rigorous academic study and professional experiences are necessary components in the development of successful public and nonprofit administrators, policy researchers and academics. To ensure sufficient professional experience prior to graduation, students are encouraged to develop a professional development plan in consultation with the Director of Career Development Services in their first year of study.