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.

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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
723 South State Street
Suite 4300
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
2245 Weill Hall
735 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

  • (734) 764-0453
  • (734) 647-7486
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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
735 South State Street
Suite 2220
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

  • (734) 764-8076
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Degree Requirements

Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) - 2 years

  • 48 credits required
  • Nine required courses

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - 1 year

  • 30 credits required

Joint Doctoral Program (Ph.D. ) - Five years

  • Joint Ph.D. program combines work in Public Policy with the fields of either Economics, Sociology or Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy (B.A.) - 2 years

  • A junior/senior year program open to undergraduate students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Fields of Specialization

Students have tremendous flexibility in choosing from advanced classes in social policy, international trade, education, national security, human rights, politics, and more. They combine their policy courses with electives from elsewhere around the U-M, including its 18 professional schools-such as law, business, education, and urban planning-or one of the top-ranked social science departments.

Students apply what they've learned in the classroom, gaining hands-on, practical policy experience. We require a policy-related summer internship, and students are encouraged to take an Applied Policy Seminar, enabling them to do real-world policy consulting with classmates under faculty supervision.

Joint Degrees

Established dual degree programs include: Asian Studies: China (AM & MPP) Asian Studies: Southeast Asia (AM & MPP) Business Administration and Public Policy (MBA/MPP) Higher Education and Public Policy (MA/MPP) Information and Public Policy (MSI/MPP) Law and Public Policy (JD/MPP) Medicine (MD & MPP) Public Health and Public Policy (MPH/MPP or MHSA/MPP) Russian and East European Studies and Public Policy (MA/MPP)

Common student-initiated dual degrees: Applied Economics (MAE & MPP) Modern Middle East and North African Studies (AM & MPP) Natural Resources and Environment (MS & MPP) Social Work (MSW & MPP) Urban and Regional Planning (MUP & MPP)

Core Courses

The Politics of Public Policy (PubPol 510)

Calculus (PubPol 513)

Statistics (PubPol 529)

Microeconomics A (PubPol 555) and Microeconomics B (PubPol 558)

Values, Ethics, and Public Policy (PubPol 580)

Public Management (PubPol 587)

Integrated Policy Exercise (PubPol 638)

Quantitative Methods of Program Evaluation (PubPol 639) OR Econometrics (PubPol 571)

10-week summer internship

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