Solutions for the Region,
Solutions for the World




Download The UCR Master of Public Policy Curriculum here

The Master of Public Policy degree will require 72 units of graduate courses, taken over two years. Below is a breakdown of what you will have to take during the course of your studies:


Year 1

- Seven core courses (28 units)

- One elective course (4 units)

Between Year 1 and 2

- Policy related internship with a public, private or non-government agency

Year 2

- Three core courses (12 units) 

- Four elective courses (16 units)

- Two quarter-long capstone project (8 units)

Core Courses

The Policy Process (4 courses)

- Introduction to policy analysis

- Policy institutions and processes

- State governments as laboratories of change

Institutional Context (3 courses)

- Ethics, professionalism, and the normative bases of public policies

- Global-local policy connections: Case studies in poverty, water, and sustainable development

- Policy evaluation

Policy Methods (4 courses)

- Quantitative methods for public policy analysis

- Qualitative social science methods

- Applied microeconomics for public policy

- Public management and leadership

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