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 seven-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.

Core Courses (24 credits)

Introductory Core Courses

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: 6002]
PPPA 6014   Economics for Policy Analysis II [Pre-req: 6007 OR 6017]

Tools of Analysis (students choose two)

PPPA 6005   Public Budgeting, Revenue & Expenditure Analysis
PPPA 6015   Benefit-Cost Analysis [Pre-req: 6014]
PPPA 6016   Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation [Pre-req: 6002]
PPPA 6020   Decision Modeling for Public Policy [Pre-req: 6002]
PPPA 8022   Econometrics for Policy Research II [Pre-req: 6013]
PPPA 8023   Mixed Methods in Research Design [Pre-req: 6002]
PPPA 6085   Data Visualization [Pre-req: 6013]

For more information on these courses, click here.

Policy Capstone

PPPA 6019  Capstone Seminar (taken in last semester after all core courses are complete)

Note re: waiving introductory courses: Students with a background in economics (at least at the level of intermediate microeconomics) may be able to waive PPPA 6007. Students requesting a waiver of PPPA 6007 should contact Professors Brock or Cordes. Students with a background in both research methods and applied statistics may be able to waive PPPA 6002. Students requesting a waiver of PPPA 6002 should contact Professor Conger.

Field of Study (9-16 credits)

The MPP draws on the strengths of the entire university to provide a broad range of choices in policy fields. Each student selects a field of study consisting of three to five courses. Learn more about the MPP Fields of Study.

The Professional Development Plan

Rigorous academic study and professional experiences are necessary components in the development of successful public and non-profit 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.