On July 28, 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the University of Houston’s request to create a new Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program. The 39-hour interdisciplinary program, which accepted its first class for Fall 2015, prepares students to conduct advanced quantitative and qualitative analyses to provide them with the tools to gain employment within many areas of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
The MPP degree requires a total of 39 semester credit hours of coursework, which includes an internship within the public, private, or nonprofit sector. During the last semester, students will complete either an individual or group capstone project that will incorporate the entire program. The program is designed to be completed in two years, but program length will vary depending on full-time or part-time enrollment. In order to accommodate working students, classes are offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Academic advising and career placement services will be coordinated by a dedicated Hobby School of Public Affairs staff member.
The MPP degree curriculum is interdisciplinary with a quantitative emphasis, incorporating political science, economics, computer science, business, and statistics. Other possible disciplines, depending on a student’s concentration, include sociology, psychology, and education. The MPP program shares some core courses with the Master of Public Administration program in the areas of administrative theory, policy analysis, and public finance. The MPP also requires 9 hours of more quantitatively-focused classes such as microeconomics, research methods, statistics, and advanced data analysis, and 6 hours in philosophy and research ethics. In addition, students will select an approved specialization track of two electives in areas such as energy policy, environmental policy, health policy, public finance, and public relations.
The Hobby School is a Full Member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and Institutional Member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM). The Hobby School also maintains a Pi Alpha Alpha chapter, which is the global honors society for public affairs and administration.
The University of Houston is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), as a Level VI General postsecondary institution.
International students will need to provide proof of English language proficiency and the appropriate visa status.