PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

University of Maryland

School of Public Policy


The Maryland School of Public Policy (MSPP) is the only public institution in the national capital region that offers a comprehensive professional education in international and domestic public policy analysis and management by a superb, essentially full-time faculty at an affordable cost. We offer masters and doctoral programs both to those just embarking on their careers and to mid-career professionals seeking to upgrade their skills.

Degrees Offered

MPP Master of Public Policy;
MPM Master of Public Management;
MPP/JD Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctorate;
MPP/MBA Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration; Ph.D. Doctorate in Policy Studies;
BA/MPP Bachelor's of Arts and Master of Public Policy

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

International Security and Economic Policy;
International Development Policy;
Environmental Policy;
Management and Leadership;
Public Sector Financial Management;
Federal Acquisitions Management;
Social Policy;
Health Policy;
Education Policy;

Area Studies


Graduate Program Overview

Unlike many international programs, the MSPP approaches international affairs from a policy perspective rather than a cultural, regional, or diplomacy perspective. Students become adept at addressing such concerns as international development, trade, financial flows, international security, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, global environmental degradation, etc. Also distinct from most international programs, students get a strong grounding in the domestic political institutions that determine these policies and the domestic forces that strongly influence them. Students also graduate equipped to address domestic policy issues should their interests and responsibilities broaden later in their career.

About half of the curriculum is devoted to teaching essential analytical and professional skills such as political analysis, microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance, management and leadership, statistics, and moral analysis. Students then select courses in their chosen specialization as well as electives to further develop their professional skills (e.g., negotiations). Many students choose to supplement their formal studies with internships in one of the innumerable international and national organizations and agencies residing in the Washington, D.C. area, or with assistantships in one of the School's or University's many international research centers (e.g., Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland).

Admissions Deadline

Fall Preferred: December 15
Fall Int'l: February 1
Fall US & Perm. Residents: April 1
Spring International: June 1
Spring US & Perm. Resident: October 15

Admissions Overview

Students may apply to MSPP through the University of Maryland Graduate School admissions website. Applicants must provide two official academic transcripts from each college or university attended; GRE test scores (or GMAT or LSAT scores if applying to the business or law joint programs); three letters of recommendation; two written statements to assess writing skills and compatibility of applicant's interests with MSPA offerings; and a current resume, if applying to the mid-career masters program.

Contact Information

University of Maryland
Office of Student Affairs
2101 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Maryland
(301) 405-6331
(301) 403-4675

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