Do you believe in the power of public policy to transform lives?

Use your vision, compassion and insight to make a positive impact. Combining a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Master of Arts in Public Policy, this highly interdisciplinary program is built on the belief that the political process can bring about social change. The 3+1 Public Policy Program will uniquely position you to make a difference at local, national and global levels.

Coursework in the first three years draws on our vigorous liberal arts curriculum to provide an strong foundation in economics. Master's level coursework in public policy begins by the end of the third year and culminates in an intense and practical Capstone Project in Public Policy. Drawing on Boston's vibrant legislative, nonprofit and advocacy resources, the Capstone blends your internship experience with the opportunity to address real policy issues in a substantial written work. 

You'll graduate with a command of public policy analysis and a deep understanding of the different contexts in which public policy is developed and implemented — ready to lead and implement real change. 

Program Requirements

You will complete the 128 credits required for a BA, including the courses required for your elected major, in your first three years. The Master in Public Policy degree requires 36 credits (12 courses).

Course Requirements by Year
  • *Indicates a required course in the MPP Program
  • See "Simmons PLAN & Graduation Requirements" worksheet for all-college requirements.

Year One

Course # Course Title Credits
Fall
BOS 101 The Boston Course 4
SIM 101 Simmons Explore 2
ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
UG course 4
Language 4
Spring
LDR 102 The Leadership Course 4
POLS 217 American Public Policy 4
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
UG POLS Course 4
Language 4
Summer
UG course or AP credits 4

Year Two

Course # Course Title Credits
Fall
ECON 200 Intermediate Microeconomics 4
ECON 241 OR MATH 120 Business Competition and Antitrust Policy OR Calculus I 4
POLS 101 Intro to American Politics 4
UG course/ 3D 4
UG course/ 3D 4
Spring
SIM 201 Simmons Experience 1
MATH 118 Introductory Statistics 4
ECON 201 Intermediate Macroeconomics 4
UG POLS Course 4
ECON 236 OR ECON 247 Public Economics OR Environmental Economics 4
UG course/ 3D 4
Summer
UG course or AP credits 4

Year Three

Course # Course Title Credits
Fall
SIM 301 Simmons Excel 1
ECON 393 Econometrics 4
ECON 241 OR MATH 120 Business Competition and Antitrust Policy OR Calculus I 4
POLS 103 Nature of Politics 4
POLS 213 OR POLS 218 Politics in the Republic-Congress and the Presidency OR Parties and Elections 4
UG POLS Course 4
Spring
ECON 236 OR ECON 247 Public Economics OR Environmental Economics 4
*ECON 370/570 Internship 8
UG course 4
UG POLS Course 4
Summer
UG course or AP credits 4

Year Four

Course # Course Title Credits
Fall
*MPP 501 Policy Analysis & Process 3
*MPP 504 Quantitative Analysis 3
MPP Elective 3
MPP Elective 3
MPP Elective 3
Spring
*MPP 502 Social Policy 3
*MPP 503 Economic Policy 3
MPP Elective 3
MPP Elective 3
*MPP 505 Capstone 3
Faculty
    Leanne Doherty
    • Leanne Doherty
    • Associate Professor, Political Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2581
    • Office: L307
    Masato Aoki
    • Masato Aoki
    • Associate Professor of Economics
    • Phone: 617-521-2580
    • Office: L314
    Carole Biewener
    Zinnia Mukherjie
    • Zinnia Mukherjee
    • Assistant Professor of Economics
    • Phone: 617-521-2582
    • Office: L312
    Niloufer Sohrabji
    • Niloufer Sohrabji
    • Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Departme
    • Phone: 617-521-2587
    • Office: L313
Is the 3+1 Right for You?

The 3+1 Public Policy Program is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in running for public office, working in legislative offices on legislative policy, becoming involved in advocacy or nonprofit work, or pursuing a PhD or law degree. You should enjoy analyzing complex problems and have strong interest in economics.

Learn more about our economics and public policy programs.

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Leanne Doherty, PhD, oversees the 3+1 Public Policy Program. Zinnia Mukherjee is the major advisor for students interested in the BA in Economics to MA in Public Policy track.

Close mentorship is vital to 3+1 success. You'll work one on one with your advisor throughout the program to ensure your progress and to meet your personal and professional goals.

To find out more about the program, contact Leanne Doherty at leanne.doherty@simmons.edu or Zinnia Mukherjee at Zinnia.Mukherjee@simmons.edu.

Careers

The career outlook for graduates with advanced degrees in public policy is bright. The MPP degree qualifies you to work in many different capacities within government, as well as the nonprofit and private sectors.

Careers that Change the World

There are many rewarding routes you can take with this degree combination. Some possibilities include:

  • Policy analyst for government or the private sector
  • Legislative aide
  • National, state, or local policymaker
  • Budget analyst
  • Research associate at a think tank, policy institute, or other organizations that conduct research and engage in advocacy
  • Policy specialist at an advocacy organization, direct services agency, or other community resource that offers support and services
How to Apply
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