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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