The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is primarily a face-to-face, campus-based program, designed to prepare students for professional careers as policy analysts, policy evaluators, and leaders in the public sector. Students will learn and apply evidence-based public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation framework in a range of policy domains including urban policy, environment, transportation, economic development, immigration, disaster policy, homeland security, and international/global policy. The MPP will serve as a platform to adequately prepare students for doctoral studies in public administration.
Students will enhance and practice their knowledge and skills through the development of various core competencies including public policy and governance, law and economic principles, research methods and tools, program analysis and evaluation, organization management and network analysis, public leadership and decision-making process and specific courses dedicated to unique topics within public policy.
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) consists of 36 credit hours. Each student completes a core of six courses (18 credit hours), one Capstone Experience course (3 credit hours) and an advanced curriculum of electives (15 credit hours).
The face-to-face courses are offered in the evenings during the week on campus. The MPP program incorporates group projects in courses intended to develop leadership abilities while also providing an opportunity to demonstrate how students work as part of a team in most courses. These projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for work in a world in which teamwork and collaboration are increasingly the norms.
Courses and credit hours used for undergraduate degrees cannot also be applied toward the MPP degree, except for Senior Scholar students. Students approved as undergraduates at UCF to participate in the Senior Scholar program may, with the permission of the MPP program director, use up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework taken as part of the bachelor’s degree toward the MPP degree. However, no undergraduate-level courses will be accepted in the MPP program.
Total Credit Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Required Core Courses: 18 Credit Hours
Capstone: 3 Credit Hours
Students will engage in a capstone experience that builds upon the knowledge and skills gained from completing the core courses in the MPP program. Students will complete this requirement through enrollment in PAD 6848 - Policy Analysis Capstone . The Capstone Experience course is offered in fall and spring semesters only and may be taken following the completion of all core courses. It may not be combined with a core course in the same semester.
Electives: 15 Credit Hours
Policy Specialization Electives: 6 Credit Hours
Select from the following courses or courses otherwise approved by the program director (3 Credit Hours each).
Students take two policy specialization courses to focus on a specific policy domain, including but not limited to Urban Policy, Economic Development Policy, Environmental and Energy Policy, Transportation Policy, Education Policy, Health Policy, Science and Technology Policy, Disaster Policy, and Criminal Justice Policy.
General Electives: 9 Credit Hours
Select three courses from the following (3 Credit Hours each).
Additional Program Requirements
Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or higher in every course listed under core requirements and in the Capstone Experience course.
Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The School of Public Administration incorporates service-learning into some courses. Service-learning is a teaching method that provides a means for every student to enhance his or her academic program with experiential learning opportunities. Service-learning provides an opportunity for students to work with community partners by collecting and compiling data and producing quality products that will be beneficial to both students and organizations.
Students are expected to be computer literate and have computer internet access upon entry to the program.
Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry, dialogue, and service-learning. Tangible projects, such as scholarly research, papers, internships, and the capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of MPP students. The research paper and Learning and Professional Development Portfolio in the Capstone Experience focus on creating, reviewing and analyzing contemporary issues with Public Policy and its applications.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline. The MPP program is offered as a campus-based classroom (face-to-face) program. Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) or in the last 60 hours. Applicants must apply online. Students must submit all required materials by the established deadline. Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered. Admission to this graduate program is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.
In addition to meeting general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- An official transcript meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), in a sealed envelope, from each college/university attended.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score from examination taken within the last 5 years.
- Three letters of recommendation specifically for the MPP program evaluating scholarly and professional capacity. Letters from professors from the colleges/universities attended are preferred, but if that is not feasible, letters from current or past supervisors will be accepted. The recommender must address the applicant’s work ethic and ability to succeed at graduate-level academic work.
- Current professional résumé including public service experience (paid or voluntary).
- Goal Statement: The goal statement is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant’s ability to express himself or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages double-spaced (500-800 words) and should address the following:
- Personal background and career aspirations in public policy or public service.
- Reason for pursuing graduate study in public policy, including future career goals and plans.
- Specific areas of public policy that interests you.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
- All international students must meet university minimum TOEFL score requirements regardless of the language in which the undergraduate program was completed.
A limited number of students who do not meet the GPA requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. These students must demonstrate public policy or public administration experience and provide a clear goal statement.
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.