Students with at least five years of public management and/or policy related experience, post-bachelor's degree, have the opportunity to obtain the Master of Public Management (MPM) degree via two tracks:
The Executive Master of Public Management (EXPM) follows a prescribed 30-credit management-oriented curriculum. EXPM students attend classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Students move through the program as members of a cohort, and have the opportunity to participate in numerous enrichment activities. More information on the EXPM program, including recruiting events, may be found here.
- Students who wish to become adept at analyzing, designing, evaluating, and advocating for public policies should apply for the Master of Public Management (MAMG) program. This program’s 36-credit policy-oriented curriculum mirrors the MPP curriculum (with 12 fewer required credits). Students in both the MPP and the MPM programs attend the same classes and have similar core requirements and specialization opportunities. The primary difference between the two programs is that MPP students must complete 48 course credits while their MPM counterparts must only complete 36 course credits. The admission criteria/standards of the two programs are identical, with one key exception: Only applicants who will have had five or more years of professional policy or management related experience after their undergraduate studies are eligible for the MPM program.
MAMG Program Curriculum
MPM students in this policy-track program must complete 36 course credits. The curriculum has three components: the required core curriculum, the requirements of a chosen specialization (similar to a major at the undergraduate level), and general electives.
The required core courses provide students with a grounding in the various perspectives, skills, and tools policy analysts and leaders must possess to develop and manage policies effectively, without regard to a specific policy field. The core curriculum of the MPM program consists of:
- PLCY688E: Normative and Political Dimensions of Public Policy (3 credits)
- PLCY688G: Management and Accountability (3 credits)
- PLCY640: Microeconomics (3 credits)
- PLCY610: Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (3 credits)
- PLCY688I: Macroeconomics (2 credits)
- PLCY688R: Budgeting and Finance (2 credits)
- PLCY688Y: Practicing Public Policy in the 21st Century (3 credits)
Students then pursue a specializations, choosing either one of the pre-designed five-course specializations or a self-designed five-course specialization approved by a faculty advisor. The School's pre-designed specializations reflect the unique strengths of the Maryland School of Public Policy:
The remaining courses needed to complete the required total of 36 credits may either be additional courses in the student's specialization(s) or nearly any other policy/management focused graduate-level course in the School, in the overall University, in any of the other major policy/management programs in the area, or in some cases, at any other accredited University throughout the world (including courses taken prior to entering the master's program but not previously counted toward a degree).
While not required, students are encouraged to take advantage of the School's enviable location by participating in one or more internships during the summer(s) between the traditional academic years or even while taking courses. The School's Career Office provides students with ample help locating rewarding positions and presenting themselves to prospective employers, and is even able to help fund some internships that would not otherwise provide much compensation.
MPM students matriculated before Fall 2016
The MAMG program core curriculum for MPM students matriculated before Fall 2016 is:
- Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy (PUAF610), or Quantitative Analysis of Social Policy (PUAF611) with permission
- Political Institutions & Leadership (PUAF620) or Comparative Political Institutions (PUAF688A)
- Microeconomics and Policy Analysis (PUAF640)
- Moral Dimensions of Public Policy (PUAF650)
- Public Management & Leadership (PUAF711)
- Either Macroeconomics (PUAF641) OR Finance (PUAF670), depending on specialization
MPM students matriculated before Fall 2016 are required to pursue a specialization.