Master of Public Policy
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The Hopkins MPP
The Bloomberg School has designed an innovative approach to policy studies that builds on past experience but adapts to the new policy realities of the 21st century.
We emphasize analytic thinking throughout the curriculum, from applied statistics and microeconomics to the policy process and implementation. The program embeds those skills in the concept of citizenship, and links questions of ethics and values to policymaking.
Courses are designed to prepare students for involvement in the critical decision-making required in the development of public policy in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.
The Hopkins MPP program stands out from most public policy programs in several major respects:
- a balance of quantitative and qualitative courses
- close contact with core faculty
- courses reflecting current and often path-breaking research
- enrichment through the involvement of scholars and practitioners from overseas
- the opportunity for masters' candidates to produce a research- or practice-oriented thesis
In addition to rigorous academic training, MPP students also develop real-world skills through courses, seminars and formal presentations to policy practitioners. By the end of the first semester of the first year, each MPP student will have conducted an applied policy research project, identifying key questions, collecting and analyzing data, and writing and presenting a report for publication on a real-world issue in social policy.
The MPP program also requires students to observe policy-making first-hand through internships, of at least 300 hours, in public or private agencies.
Carey Borkoski, PhD
Hampton House Room 382
State-specific Information for Online and Externship Programs
Students in the MPP program cannot conduct their summer internship in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio or Oregon. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
Effective for students matriculating in the Fall of 2016.