University of Michigan
Students who choose the Ford School are passionately interested in public affairs. They want to help shape the public decisions that affect their neighborhoods, their countries, and people around the globe. Armed with a professional policy education from the University of Michigan, our alums get the details right and they lead-they analyze problems, seek solutions, collaborate for change, and advocate for more effective public policies.
Our master's level curriculum trains students with a broad range of interests for a wide set of jobs, providing a toolbox of research, analytical, and management skills that are widely transferable across sectors and issue areas. Core courses develop a foundation of skills, knowledge, and concepts in economics, statistics, political analysis, ethics, and public management. All students receive serious quantitative training in data analysis and program evaluation, moving as a cohort through a carefully sequenced set of courses.
Situated at one of America's great public universities but with just around 110 masters students admitted each year, the Ford School is large enough to provide a wide diversity of intellectual and political interests, but small enough to offer a warm, collegial educational community. Our student groups are active; they join students with shared interests, lead school-wide public service initiatives, host speakers, and provide opportunities for leadership.
Ford School students have ready access to the intellectual, cultural, and social resources of the University of Michigan and of Ann Arbor-a livable, vibrant college town with a rich cultural life.
The Ford School makes the U-M a destination for distinguished policymakers, often hosted by our dynamic research centers and programs: the National Poverty Center; the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy; the Science and Technology in Public Policy Program; the International Policy Center; and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies. Visitors give public lectures, teach a course, or meet with small groups of students to discuss substantive and career-related issues.
APSIA Membership: Full APSIA Member School