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Curriculum

The MPP requires 42 total credit hours.  Students master methodological and statistical skills and gain the substantive knowledge that prepares them to enter the workforce as qualified policy analysts.  Most full-time students complete the program in 2 years.  For more information on degree requirements, see UNM's 2017-2018 Catalog.

There are five required components:

1-CORE CURRICULUM (24 credits)

Students will develop key competencies in quantitative research and the fundamentals of public policy through 8 courses, including a required course on diversity.

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2-COMPLEMENTARY POLICY AREA (9 credits)

With guidance from a faculty advisor, students will build their own complementary policy area by taking three electives. Many substantive policy areas will draw on courses that cross disciplinary boundaries.

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3-POLICY SEMINAR (3 credits)

All MPP students will participate in an ongoing policy seminar which develops leadership, writing, presentation and other professional skills, and which serves as the integrative capstone course in the final semester.

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4-POLICY and EVALUATION LAB (6 credits)

MPP students gain hands-on experience in the Policy and Evaluation Lab by working collaboratively with community organizations and serving as interns for policy centers, public agencies and non-profits.

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5-POLICY REPORT

The MPP Master’s Examination consists of a written Policy Report and an oral presentation of the Report.  Students will receive guidance in preparing the Policy Report and presentation in the Policy Seminar (PUBP 501).  Students should take one of the required PUBP 501 credits during the semester in which they plan to complete the Policy Report requirement.