Professor Michael D. Goodman, Department Chair
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MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY (MPP) Program
Program overview Affiliated faculty members
The Department of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary academic The MPP Program also has additional affiliated faculty in the
department that offers its students a wide variety of graduate Departments of Economics and Educational Leadership who regularly
educational options including a traditional and online Master of Public teach public policy courses in their areas of expertise.
Policy (MPP) program, and online graduate certificates in Mark Paige PhD, JD, University of Wisconsin Madison;
environmental policy and educational policy. Assistant Professor, specializes in Education Policy and Law.
João Paraskeva PhD, University of Minho; Associate
All of the Department’s programs of study center around courses that Professor, specializes in Educational Leadership, Critical Theory and
emphasize the development of policy analysis, applied research, and Educational Policy Studies.
public management skills. Ricardo Rosa PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison; Assistant
Professor, specializes in Education Policy and curriculum theory
UMass Dartmouth’s Department of Public Policy offers students the
opportunity to work with and learn from an interdisciplinary community
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of scholars who are actively engaged in the world of public policy and Application requirements
who regularly work closely with policymakers in federal, state and local
government and a myriad of non-governmental organizations. Earned baccalaureate degree
All applicants to the Master of Public Policy must have an
earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year college or
Faculty and principal areas of expertise university in the United States or comparable non-U.S. degree/
diploma from a recognized foreign institution of higher education at
Clyde W. Barrow, PhD, Political Science, University of the time of matriculation. Undergraduate seniors may apply in their
California, Los Angeles, Chancellor Professor, and Director, Center for final semester with the expectation that they will have graduated
Policy Analysis specializes in Massachusetts public policy, policy prior to enrolling in MPP courses.
formation, gaming policy, and regional economic development.
Michael D. Goodman PhD, Sociology, Boston University, Graduate school application
Associate Professor and Department Chair, specializes in economic All applicants to the Master of Public Policy must complete
development, demographic analysis and housing policy and is Co- and submit UMass Dartmouth’s Graduate School Application. The
Editor of MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts application may be submitted electronically or by mail. See
economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in collaboration www.umassd.edu/graduate/prospects/waystoapply.cfm.
with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Weiwei Lin, Ph.D, Public Administration, Rutgers-Newark, The deadline for submitting your application is MARCH 1 for Fall
Assistant Professor who specializes in public and non-profit admission. Students interested in enrolling at other times have the
management, performance measurement and quantitative methods. option of taking up to two courses prior to being accepted into the
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Devon Lynch, PhD, Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder, program or may apply for admission to one of the Department’s two
Assistant Professor, has a joint appointment and teaches both in the online certificate programs. These courses will count towards the MPP
Department of Public Policy and the Department of Economics. His if the student is subsequently accepted into the Master’s program.
interest is applied microeconomics, particularly in the field of public and
labor economics and his research focus is on enterprise zone programs. Letters of recommendation
Chad McGuire, JD, Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Every applicant will be required to submit at least two letters of
L.L.M., Environmental Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Ph.D. recommendation. For recent recipients of the bachelor’s degree, at
Candidate, Environmental Science, University of Massachusetts Boston, least one of the letters should be from a professor familiar with the
Assistant Professor, specializes in environmental law and policy and student’s academic work.
oversees the Department’s Certificate Program in Environmental Policy.
Shawna E. Sweeney, PhD, Political Science, Binghamton Statement of purpose (essay)
University, Assistant Professor and Senior Research Associate, Center Admission into the MPP program at UMass Dartmouth requires
for Policy Analysis, specializes in women’s public policy issues, human an essay of 600-900 words explaining the applicant’s interest in the
rights policy, and globalization policies. program and purpose for applying to the program. The essay should
include the applicant’s graduate study objectives, previous policy-
related or public management experience, and undergraduate
preparation for the course of study. The applicant should also submit
a resume or a curriculum vitae.
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Application requirements continued
Other requirements Course requirements
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate See www.umassd.edu/seppce/departments/publicpolicy/
Management Admissions Test (GMAT) graduateprograms/mopp/
Applicants to the Master of Public Policy must submit GRE for additional program information including
(general test), or GMAT scores taken within 5 years of the course listings and descriptions.
application. Applicants that have already earned a graduate degree
from an accredited institution are not required to submit GRE scores.
Applicants who have earned a graduate certificate in Eight Core courses (24 credits)
environmental or educational policy from the UMass Dartmouth POL 500 Public Institutions & the Policy Process
Department of Public Policy are not required to submit GRE scores. POL 510 Public Management
POL 530 Policy Analysis
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) POL 540 Microeconomics for Public Policy
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to POL 541 State & Local Public Finance
demonstrate that they are proficient in English by taking the TOEFL, POL 580 Statistical Analysis
which is administered worldwide. A minimum TOEFL score of 250 is POL 581 Research Methods for Public Policy
required on the computer-based test and a minimum score of 600 is POL 585 Applied Policy Research Seminar
required for the paper version of the test. Policy Area Concentration (9 credits)
This requirement is waived only for those who had English as Free Elective (3 credits)
their primary language for secondary school or college instruction, Internship (1-3 credits) PST 599 Public Policy Internship
who have successfully completed a year of advanced secondary
school or college/university study in the US, or who can be present in
person to meet with officials of the university at the time of For more information, contact
application for admission.
Professor Michael D. Goodman, Department Chair
To earn a degree
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To complete the MPP degree students must:
Complete a total of 13 courses, including 8 courses from the Office of Graduate Studies
program’s common curriculum, 3 courses in the student’s selected UMass Dartmouth
policy concentration area, 1 free elective, and an Internship. 285 Old Westport Road
Apply their knowledge in the field. The UMass Dartmouth MPP North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
requires students with less than 2 years of substantial and relevant 508.999.8604, phone
public policy or public management experience to complete an 508.999.8183, fax
internship. The field work component of the Internship (2 credits) will email@example.com
be waived if an individual has at least 2 years substantial and relevant www.umassd.edu/graduate
work experience in a policy making or public management position,
although all students must enroll in the academic seminar component
of the Internship.
Compile and present a professional e-portfolio. In their final
semester students present a professional portfolio of the work they
completed during the program before a faculty committee for review
and approval. Students should begin developing their professional
portfolio in their first semester of study.
Demonstrate mastery of an area of professional specialization.
Students must select a policy area concentration by the beginning of
their second semester. Available concentration areas include: