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Public Policy (MPP) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The Accelerated Master of Public Policy will enable academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their Bachelors (in CJS, POL, or PMPC) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) in as little as five years of study beginning with their freshman year as an undergraduate. This program is intended for students interested in enhancing their qualifications for admission to other graduate programs (such as Ph.D. programs or J.D. programs at law schools) and for students interested in an accelerated masters program.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a policy-focused degree program that provides students with the analytical skills necessary to address important regional policy concerns like border security, environmental sustainability and natural resource policy. By focusing on regional policy issues, the program prepares students to lead the way in formative policy analysis that will directly affect their community and state.

This MPP program prepares students to work in several different areas of the public sector, such as federal, state, and local government agencies, nonprofit agencies, as well as private consulting firms as researchers and analysts. MPP programs place an emphasis on analyzing policy, creating policy, and solving existing policy problems using quantitative and qualitative data. Earning an MPP degree at the University of Arizona prepares students to start or continue public and private sector work with a better understanding of policy and policy development. Because of the academic rigor of the program, this can also prepare students to continue on to certain PhD programs.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Government and Public Policy -

The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – Political Science and Public Administration and Policy - and bringing them under a single roof. Located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a new model for public affairs education by promoting high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.

By offering leading programs in political science, international relations, public policy, and public management, SGPP prepares students for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Diane Darling
Graduate Program Coordinator
Diane Darling
Director of Graduate Studies
Craig R Smith
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

The program is open to University of Arizona undergraduate sophmores or juniors majoring in Criminal Justice Studies, Political Science, or Public Management and Policy with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA.

The following materials are required for admission to the MPP program:

  • Online Application for admission to the Graduate College.
  • Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Unofficial transcripts are required as part of the admissions process. Official transcripts are only required for applicants who are offered admission. Do not mail official transcripts until offered admission. Please note that if you are admitted, all official transcripts must be received by the Graduate College within 30 days after the first day of classes. 
  • Statement of Purpose speaking to the subjects of career objectives, education and work experience, and future advancement.
  • Resume describing relevant experiences, responsibilities and achievements.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons able to provide verification and a specific assessment of your professional and/or academic performance and capabilities, one of which should be an academic letter of recommendation.
  • Evidence of quantitative analysis capability, in the form of one of the following:
    • the successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics, quantitative analysis, calculus, or a related higher level mathematics course (typically this means a grade of B or higher)
    • strong quantitative GRE scores
    • extensive use of data, math, statistics, or quantitative analysis in an employment setting
    • for more information, please see the MPP Admissions instructions on our website 
    • if you feel that you have evidence of quantitative abilities that should be considered, but is not listed above, please contact the program directly.
  • For international students TOEFL or IELTS scores
Standardized Tests

All international students must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score for english proficiency.  

Financial Aid

Students in the MPP program are eligible for Federal Financial AidPeace Corp FellowshipsGraduate Access Fellowships (based on need) and Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR).  Limitations may apply for students in Accelerated Master's Programs.

Please see the following webpages for more funding options: 

Admissions Deadlines

For Fall admission, applicants to the MPP program seeking financial aid should submit their application by April 1. International applicants should submit their application for admission by May 1.  The final application deadline for Fall is July 1. 

For Spring admission, applicants should submit their application by December 1.  International applicants should submit their application for Spring admission by September 15. 

If any of these deadlines fall on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be due no later than 5pm, Arizona time, on the Monday following the due date. Please contact Diane Darling at if you have further questions on these deadlines. 

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

In the final two semesters of undergraduate level work (senior status) four upper division courses (2 each semester) are replaced by graduate level courses. These classes are counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Starting GPA must be cum. 3.3 and cannot fall below 3.0 during the entire program.  One summer and two regular semesters finish the program at the graduate level.

Minor Requirements
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Student Handbook
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Last revised 13 Sep 2018