For leaders of religious or religiously affiliated institutions who want to understand the role of religion in public policy.

Harris Public Policy and the Divinity School offer a joint degree program that enables students to graduate with both a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Divinity. This program provides an opportunity for students to combine their interest in examining pertinent issues related to the church as a public institution with their interest in public and urban ministry. 

Program Details

Curriculum

This joint degree program allows students to complete both an MPP and MDiv within a total of four academic years; both degrees must be awarded in the same quarter.

At Harris Public Policy:

  • Students in this program take the six required core courses, plus eight electives for a total of 14 courses in public policy, instead of the usual 18. Ten of the 14 courses must be public policy (PPHA) courses.  The Harris core provides a foundation in critical analysis, reflecting Harris's belief that mastering quantitative and analytical skills prepares students to be effective public policy leaders:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
       
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (instructor approval required): STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100

      • PPHA 31202 Advanced Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I

    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31302 Advanced Statistics for Data Analysis II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (instructor approval required): STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100
         
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II: Developing World

      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II: Developed World

    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose from the following:
      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I

      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I

      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence - instructor approval required)

    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose from the following:

      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence - instructor approval required)

At the Divinity School:

  • Students take 24 in the divinity program, instead of the usual 29. Students are obligated to complete the "teaching parish" component required for MDiv students. 
Other Requirements
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 Public Policy (PPHA) courses
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all courses used toward the MPP degree, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the math requirement
    • Pass algebra exam
    • Pass calculus exam
  • No more than 1 reading/research, independent study, or internship course
  • No more than 1 course taken pass/fail (core courses cannot be taken pass/fail)

Students who wish to participate in this program must be admitted to both Harris Public Policy and the Divinity School, and typically spend the first two years at the Divinity School. Students already admitted to one of the Schools may apply during their first year for admission to the other.

Residency & Sample Schedule

MPP MDIV Overall Scheduling

MPP MDIV First Year Schedule

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