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The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) requires 37 credits and the writing of a policy analysis paper.

All M.P.P students starting the program in fall 2010 or later who do not have relevant public policy work experience are required to complete a departmentally-approved internship after their first 15 credits. Students should enroll in PUBL 697 during the internship.

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The distinguishing characteristic of the Ph.D. curriculum is dissertation research. The Doctor of Philosophy, Public Policy (Ph.D.) degree requires the successful completion of the equivalent of 48 hours of course work, a core-comprehensive examination and a field qualifying examination, 18 hours of dissertation research, and the writing and successful defense of a dissertation.

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Combined B.A./Masters in Public Policy (Accelerated Pathway Program)

The Accelerated Pathway Program allows UMBC undergraduates with strong academic records to begin taking graduate level courses toward the M.P.P. degree in the senior year. UMBC undergraduates interested in enrolling in the B.A./M.P.P. combined program should apply for admission by the second semester of their junior year. For more information, contact the Public Policy Department. Download a flier about this program

M.A. in Economic Policy Analysis/Ph.D. in Public Policy

This joint program provides students with a broad perspective on policy formulation along with focused training in analytic techniques commonly used by economists. For more information, contact David Mitch in the Department of Ecomonics (; 410-455-2157) or visit the web site.

Combined Programs

Combined programs allow students to obtain a degree that meets their professional goals, as well as their schedule and budget.

Dual Degree Programs with the University of Maryland School of Law, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. These programs lead to a J.D./M.P.P. or a J.D./Ph.D. Contact:
University of Maryland School of Law (
University of Baltimore School of Law (

Articulated M.P.A-Ph.D. in Public Policy with the University of Baltimore. Qualified students in the University of Baltimore's Master of Public Administration program may apply for early admission into the UMBC Public Policy Ph.D. program.
Contact: UMBC Department of Public Policy

Combined Degree Program with UMB School of Medicine
The Department of Public Policy has two joint degrees, an M.D./M.P.P. and the M.D./Ph.D. in Public Policy, with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in downtown Baltimore. Contact: Sally Helms, UMBC Administrator of Academic Affairs (410-455-3202;, or Dr. Rick Matteson, Director of Student Research Education and Dual Degree Programs, University of Maryland School of Medicine (410-706-1809;;

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