Michigan State University Master of Public Policy students graduate with valuable skills, strong peer connections, and experiences that will empower them to engage professionally in their communities.

  • Curriculum


    The MPP requires 39 semester credits, including 27 credits in core courses, 6 credit hours in PPL 891- Issues in Public Policy, and 9 credit hours of policy-relevant electives.

    Required Courses:

    • PPL 801 Quantitative Methods I
    • PPL 802 Quantitative Methods II
    • PPL 803 Quantitative Methods III* (not a required course and is counted as an elective)
    • PPL 805 Microeconomic Theory
    • PPL 806 Policy Evaluation
    • PPL 807 Public Policy
    • PPL 808 Policy Development and Administration
    • PPL 813 Public Finance
    • PPL 890 Policy Workshop
    • PPL 891 Issues in Public Policy (2 courses, 3 credits each)
    • Electives (9 credits)
  • Specializations

    Specializations - Krista will provide content and links

  • Capstone Research Forum

    The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Capstone Research Forum is held annually each spring semester.  The Forum provides graduating MPP students the opportunity to showcase their scholarship before a large and diverse audience–including distinguished alumni, college and university leadership, policy practitioners, faculty advisors, family, and friends.

    2018 Capstone Research Forum
    Violet Acumo – The She Curse: Why It Is Dangerous To Be Born Female in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Luke Allen – Lost in the Woods: Addressing the Rural Health Care Crisis

    Alex Andrews – Feeds for Thought: How Level of Office Influences Social Media

    Jonathan Berman – Understanding Michigan’s ‘Stormwater Utility Act’: Current Legal Financial Constraints and Prospects for Improved Stormwater Management

    Alec D’Annunzio – When Constitutional Rights Don’t Matter: Shortfalls in the Solution to Michigan’s Broken Indigent Defense System

    Lauren Fecko – Embracing Technology to Relieve the Burden of Long-Term Care

    Abbey Frazier – The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis: Child Welfare & Opioid Prescriptions in Michigan

    James Garry – Developing a Robust ROI for MDEQ: Measuring Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship, and Customer Service

    Kyle Goldstein – Did Medicaid Expansion Cover More Children in the Medicaid Gap?

    Mikaylah Heffernan – One Drop in the Bucket: Evidence-Based Policy Solutions to Marine Plastic Pollution

    Chelsea Kazlauskas – How Household Demographics Impact Housing Choices: Evaluating Housing Subsidies in Michigan

    Ian Magnuson – Communicating Sustainability: Bridging the Planner to Practitioner Gap

    Nick Miller – The Pay it Forward Tour: Determining the Impact of a Volunteer Spring Break Trip on Participants and Communities

    Warren Rothe – Holding Their Own: Michigan’s Cities after the Recession

    Carlos Rios-Santiago – On the Chopping Block: An Impact Analysis of Economic Development Administration Construction Projects

    Michael Sitkauskas  – Term Limits and Legislative Productivity: A Comparative Analysis

    Claire Stevens  – And Justice For All? U.S. Indigenous Populations, Environmental Policy, and Federal Oversight

    Jacob Thompson  – Make America Great WHITE Again: Race & Trump’s Immigration Proposals

    Xiao Xing – Deficit Elimination Plans in Michigan Counties: 2010-2016

    Ran Yu – Peace or War: An Analysis of the North Korea Nuclear Crisis and Policy Suggestions for the United States

  • Handbook