Master OF Public Policy and Administration
Combining managerial skills with research analysis, the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) is designed to provide the essential leadership, decision-making, policy development, analysis, advocacy, and effective communication skills needed for contemporary policy leadership within government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations that engage in government relations. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of policy writing, communication skills, data analysis, public sector management, grant writing, and other competencies from a mixture of full-time educators and career professionals who bridge the gap between academia and real-world application. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, the curriculum is designed for both existing government and nonprofit employees as well as recent college graduates who want to pursue careers in public service.
This 56-unit master’s program requires 15 months of study and is offered in an online HyFlex modality with an option for in-person attendance. See curriculum.
The next MPPA cohort will begin classes in Fall 2023.
Students are required to have completed a bachelor’s degree. A single undergraduate course in economics, government, public policy, political science, and statistical methods is required; students may take these courses concurrently, if needed. Applicants must provide undergraduate transcripts, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. No standardized tests are required for admission, nor does the program have strict GPA minimums.
The MPPA program builds upon the undergraduate work of many disciplines including political science, public policy, economics, environmental studies, health, medicine, and society, race and ethnic studies, women, gender, and sexuality studies, sociology, and spatial studies.
Students will demonstrate the following competencies:
- Effectively analyze and interpret research findings from the professional public policy literature in a non-partisan, non-ideological manner.
- Communicate research findings and policy and political issues, concerns, and crises effectively using forms specific to the field of public policy, including white papers, policy memos, legislative histories, issue summaries, verbal presentations, and policy briefs.
- Effectively communicate public policy research findings to audiences with less formal training in the field.
- Demonstrate knowledge about best practices in public leadership and decision-making, including mastery of the principles of non-profit management and public budgeting.
- Peter Groff ’85,
- Principal and Chief Strategist at MCG2 Consulting, LLC;former president of the Colorado Senate;
- an Appointee in the administration of President Barack Obama
- Areas of expertise: public policy; state, local, and national policy; political and policy analysis, public leadership.
- B.A from University of Redlands, J.D. from University of Denver
- Course(s): Communicating in the Policy Sciences, Public Leadership, Decision-Making During Crisis, Policymaking and Policy Leadership in Regional, State, Federal, and Nonprofit Agencies, Clinical Experiences
- Greg Thorson
- Ken and Lynn Hall Endowed Chair of Public Policy
- Professor of Political Science
- Areas of expertise: public policy, education policy, healthcare policy, advanced quantitative methods.
- Publication in Journal of Poverty & Public Policy, World Affairs, Congress and the Presidency, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Politics
- Course(s): Comparative Public Policy, Advanced Regression Techniques, Causal Inference, Research to Practice
- Ph.D. from University of California at Riverside
Meet the rest of our faculty:
- Former Speaker of the House, Colorado House of Representatives Colorado State director and senior fellow at unite america
- Experience as Attorney, Butler Snow, LLP, SCL Health
- J.D. University of Denver
- M.Div. Illiff School of Theology
- Course(s): Forging Compromise in Local and Regional Policymaking
- Former Speaker of the House, Vermont State House of Representatives
- Former Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Vermont State House of Representatives
- MPA Kennedy School of Government (Harvard)
- Course(s): Management and Budgeting in Public Agencies
- Founder and President, Joan L. Brody Grant Writing and Development
- Over 20 years of professional grant writing experience
- Masters of Public Policy Kennedy School of Government (Harvard)
- MSci in Criminal Justice, Northeastern
- Course(s): Grant Writing
- Former Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
- University of Colorado Board of Regents Principal, Capitol Success Group (lobbying firm)
- Masters in Urban and & Regional Planning (MURP), University of Colorado, Denver
- MA Political Science, University of Colorado, Denver
- Course(s): Lobbying and Public Advocacy
- Interim Director for the School of Continuing Studies
- Serves on the Latino Association Board at California State University, San Bernadino
- MPA at University of San Bernardino
- Ed.D. California State University, San Bernardino
- Course(s): Program Evaluation
Governing Board and Program Advisors:
- Chris Bohanon ’86, former Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Farmer Mac
- Art Horowitz ’76, retired Program Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Former Brookings Fellow (MPA, University of Southern California)
- Morgan Kinghorn ‘68, former Chief Financial Officer, Internal Revenue Service (MPA, Maxwell School, Syracuse University)
- Vonda Mathews ’92, Policy Analyst, Department of Justice (MA, University of Redlands)
- Sarah Sachs ’18, Finance Director, Member of Congress (MPA, Maxwell School, Syracuse University)
- Kate Schwartzer ’99, Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (MA in International Affairs, George Washington University)
- Shelley Thompson ’08, Counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (MPA, JD, Syracuse University)
- Rebecca Weir ’00, Former Deputy General Counsel, Legal Service Corporation (JD, American University)
- Molly Wiltshire ’12, Southern California Director of External Affairs, Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom (MPA Cal State, San Bernardino)
- Jinha Yoon ’13, Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services Intergovernmental and External Affairs (MPP Georgetown University)