Master of Public Policy Curriculum

Master of Public Policy Curriculum

Change the Conversation. Change the World.

The Batten School is blazing a trail for a new model of leadership and policy education. We provide a powerful interdisciplinary learning environment to foster the next generation of leaders and analysts who know how to get things done. Batten students tirelessly execute tangible solutions to real-world problems through rigorous cost-benefit analysis innovative thinking. Graduates of the Batten School are inducted into a thriving network of change agents, committed to collaboratively tackling the most complex policy issues of our time. At Batten, it's our privilege to better the world by producing leaders that ignite true impact.


This two-year program fortifies a strong, lasting foundation in the concepts, methods, and strategies of policy analysis and effective leadership. To earn the MPP degree, a student must complete 49 credits: 

11 three-credit core courses:

  • 4 analytics courses 
  • 3 leadership courses
  • 3 experiential courses
  • 1 context course    

A one-credit Foundation Skills Workshop.

15 elective credits, including: 

  • Three-credit electives 
  • Two-credit policy clinics 
  • One-credit short courses (taken at Batten and across the university pending approval from the Director of Academic Programs) 

Students must also complete a 400-hour, policy-based internship in the summer between Year One and Year Two of the program. The capstone of the program is an Applied Policy Project in which students perform a professional-quality study for a real-world client under faculty supervision. For some students, the project is an outgrowth of the summer internship. For the truly vigorous, it may even lead to a post-graduation position with the client organization.  

2 year MPP

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.