Master in Public Policy
The 36-credit MPP program is composed of core requirements, electives, an internship, and a capstone project. Core requirements include courses on policy analysis and theory, and social and economic policy. Electives are drawn from the multiple schools and disciplines at Simmons, and include Organizational and Information Ethics, Health Care Policy & Politics, Philanthropy, and Policy & Fundraising. Students will also complete an internship pertaining to policy analysis. Possible internship sites may include legislative and executive offices, think tanks, and advocacy organizations. In their final semester, students complete a Capstone Project — an independent research and analysis project pertaining to a topic of their choosing. A full course load is three courses per semester. The program may be completed in one academic year, including summer study, or may be extended for students wishing to enroll in the program part-time.
Admission requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong undergraduate record. Additionally, evidence of exposure to U.S. politics and statistics is preferred. The applicant for admission must submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and previous graduate coursework, a statement of purpose, GRE scores, an academic or policy-based writing sample, and two recommendations (academic preferred). An interview is optional. Students are admitted to the MPP program in the fall semester.