The master's of public policy (MPP) is a 60-hour, two-year program. The MPP gives you the opportunity to analyze, create, and articulate innovative public policies responsive to the most challenging issues facing this nation, while respecting and supporting your passion to serve responsibly.

Master of public policy students must complete:

  • 7 core courses (28 total hours)
  • 6 Great Issues Forums (12 total hours)
  • Policy Memorandum (4 hours)
  • 16 hours of elective credit

The required courses build a broad perspective of policy while giving students the capabilities for strong analysis and quantitative skill. In addition, MPP students are encouraged to pursue customized concentrations.


In conjunction with other graduate programs at the University of Denver, MPP students can take specialized and approved courses in various policy specific areas. Policy emphasis is available in the following areas:

  • education policy
  • business and government
  • energy and environmental policy
  • social policy and nonprofit management
  • communications and public affairs

Each emphasis has a distinct list of requirements that will fulfill the MPP elective credits. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore experiential learning opportunities such as internships in their specific areas of emphasis as well as complete the required Policy Memorandum on a topic that is relevant to the specialization.

A typical full-time student schedule will include 10 credit hours per quarter (3 quarters a year).

Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements

Proof of a bachelor's degree is required from a regionally accredited college or university.


The Institute for Public Policy Studies recognizes a graduate education is an important investment for its students. We strive to provide competitive scholarship funding for students who demonstrate merit.

Tuition information — MPP students take a full course load of 10 credits per quarter. Tuition at this level is calculated as a 3/4-time student.

Scholarship — The Institute for Public Policy Studies provides several departmental scholarships. All applicants that meet the priority deadline of February 15 will be automatically considered for scholarship funding.

Financial aid — We encourage students to work with the Office of Financial Aid for additional funding opportunities.

Program taught in:
  • English

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