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.
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.
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:
The GRE general test is required. Applications cannot be considered without a score. All international students must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score for english proficiency. If an international student meets all the other criteria for admission, they may attend the CESL program on campus for one semester prior to the start of their MPP program.
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Students in the MPP program are eligible for Federal Financial Aid, Peace Corp Fellowships, Graduate 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:
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 April 30. The final application deadline for Fall is July 1 unless a student is graduating from an undergraduate program in the summer semester.
The MPP program does not admit students for the Spring semester.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions on these deadlines.
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.