Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Comprised of a core curriculum and electives in a variety of areas of focus, the two-year MPP is a professional degree program designed for students who wish to gain a thorough training in public policy skills and issues.

Core Courses

The core curriculum draws on a variety of disciplines and fields, including economics, sociology, political science, statistics, econometrics, political economy, organizational theory, and program evaluation. These areas provide a foundation in critical analysis, reflecting the School's belief that mastering quantitative and analytical skills prepares students to be effective public policy practitioners.

The required core courses are:

  • Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
  • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process (domestic and international offerings)
  • Statistical Methods for Policy Research I & II
  • Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy  I & II
  • Decisions and Organizations


Electives allow students to explore special academic interests and fields, as well as to participate in internships and independent research complementing required coursework. Students may choose to focus on an area of public policy, register for courses in departments and schools across the University, and take advantage of opportunities for applying academic training to real-world problems. Electives offer students an opportunity to acquire training both in the theoretical and applied analysis of public policy issues, and to develop the skills necessary for a professional position in policy analysis.

A typical first-year schedule
Fall                                Winter                           Spring
Analytical Politics I         Analytical Politics II         Dec & Org
Statistics I                     Statistics II                    Elective
Microeconomics I           Microeconomics II           Elective                   

To complete the M.P.P. requirements, students in the two-year program must:

  • Successfully complete 18 courses (six quarters of residency) with quality grades
  • Take a minimum of twelve courses in the Harris School
  • Earn at least a C- in all core courses and distributional requirements
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 at the time of graduation