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The Ford School of Public Policy, named in honor of Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States and a 1935 graduate of the University of Michigan, provides professional education for students interested in careers that focus on public issues. The program is interdisciplinary, designed to prepare students to work in the increasingly complex world of policy analysis and public management.

Degrees Offered

MPP Master of Public Policy,
MPA Master of Public Administration,
PhD Public Policy & Economics, Public Policy & Political Science, Public Policy & Sociology

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
International Trade / Business
Law / International Law
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

Strong training in both domestic and international policy is available at the School. The School also provides rigorous training in methodologies that enable students to analyze and evaluate the effects of public policy decisions. The program is flexible, training students in economic, political, organizational, and quantitative analysis. Students are encouraged to develop areas of specialization and have the extensive resources of the University of Michigan from which to develop their programs of study. The faculty, many of whom hold joint appointments with other academic departments, is among the strongest in the field. Faculty members are distinguished by their academic research and enthusiastic teaching as well as by their active participation in the practice of public policy. With a student body of just over 170 students, the School is large enough to offer diversity of intellectual and political interests while small enough to be friendly and comfortable. Students often take classes outside of the Ford School. Michigan has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work and students are encouraged to pursue their policy interests in areas that range from Asian Studies to Urban Planning. A foundation of core courses in the School prepares students for the elective portion of their graduate work.

Admissions Deadline

MPP and MPA - January 15; PhD - December 15

Admissions Overview

The School seeks applicants from diverse academic backgrounds. Importance is placed on the applicant's academic performance as an undergraduate and demonstrated potential for graduate studies as evidenced by the statement of purpose, relevant work experience, the range of courses taken, the results of the GRE, and faculty and employer evaluations. Personal interviews are not required; however, the admissions staff is happy to talk with students about the program. Admission is for Fall term only.

Contact Information

University of Michigan, Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, Suite 2245 735, South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI

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