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Office of Admissions

The Maryland School of Public Policy (MSPP) is the only public institution in the national capital region that offers a comprehensive professional education in international and domestic public policy analysis and management by a superb, essentially full-time faculty at an affordable cost. We offer masters and doctoral programs both to those just embarking on their careers and to mid-career professionals seeking to upgrade their skills.




Degrees Offered

Master of Public Policy
Master of Public Management
Master of Professional Studies-Public Administration
Executive Master of Public Management
Ph.D.-Policy Studies

Master of Public Policy/Master of Business Administration
Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor
Master of Public Policy/Master of Social Work




Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
Nonprofit Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty



Graduate Program Overview

Unlike most universities that house their international and domestic programs under separate roofs, Maryland seamlessly blends them. This permits student and faculty alike to explore all dimensions of the numerous policy problems that transcend borders, such as trade, development, environmental and social issues. This fusion allows students to prepare for careers that transcend borders, too.

Experiential learning is a signature of our entire masters’ curriculum. It is most evident in our core practice sequence classes but practical applications are found throughout the student learning experience, including classroom interaction with practitioners and opportunity for applied study. The capstone course is a culmination of policy theory and policy practice learned throughout the program. Students apply their coursework to a real world policy or management project related to an international, federal, local governmental or nonprofit organization. These experiences broaden our students’ perspectives on the impact of policy choices, and many lead to job offers upon graduation.




Admissions Deadline

Fall -
Priority funding deadline: January 17
Final international deadline: March 15
Final masters deadline: May 15

Spring -
International deadline: September 28
Final domestic deadline: December 20




Admissions Overview

We look for academically talented student with a commitment to public service as demonstrated through their personal statement, resume, official transcripts, GRE scores ( for some programs), and three letters of recommendation. For further information, please contact us at policy-applications@umd.edu




Contact Information

University of Maryland, Office of Student Affairs, 2101 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD

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