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What is the history of the MPP?

The University of Utah MPP program was approved by the Utah State Board of
Regents in June, 2005. The first MPP cohort started classes fall semester 2006.

The MPP is the result of need expressed by students and professionals desiring
further education in public policy. Currently, there are no other Master of Public
Policy programs offered within the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).

What is the MPP degree?

The MPP degree emphasizes analyzing and evaluating information to explain
policy issues. As analysts, managers, and leaders, graduates use quantitative and
qualitative information and data to develop, assess, and evaluate alternatives to
current and emerging policy issues. Graduates may pursue careers in a variety of
public service fields including all levels of government, nonprofits, the
international arena, and the private sector.

Are there any MPP joint degrees?

The MPP program has arranged a formalized MPP/JD joint degree program with
the SJ Quinney College of Law at The University of Utah. The MPP/JD can be
completed in approximately four years. Students must apply to both programs
separately, and, if admitted to both, can then pursue the joint degree.

There is also a combined bachelors/masters program available for
undergraduates in political science and economics. This program allows students
to apply to the MPP in their junior year and start taking graduate courses in their
senior year. Students will complete a bachelors and masters in about five years.
Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

What are the differences between the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master
of Public Administration (MPA)?

Although there is some overlap between the two, the MPP focuses on public
policy analysis, while the MPA focuses on the administration of public entities.
The MPP contains courses in statistics and economics, both key elements of
policy analysis work. Students who earn the MPP degree are able to work as
policy analysts in the private sector (approximately 40% of MPP graduates
nationwide work in the private sector), as well as the public and not-for-profit
I have taken several courses towards a Master of Public Administration (MPA)
degree; can I get an MPP instead?

You will need to apply for admission to the MPP program. If you are accepted in
the program and you are currently enrolled in another degree program at The
University of Utah from which you have not graduated, you may get credit for
courses taken that are core or elective for either program. Please make an
appointment with the program manager to discuss your particular situation.

I already have a Masters degree. Can I get an MPP degree?

You can apply for admissions to the MPP program. If you are accepted into the
program there is the possibility of waiving core courses that you have already
completed. The University will not allow graduation from a degree program with
fewer credit hours than are required - for the MPP it is 40 semester credit hours.
So, whereas, a waiver means you may not have to repeat a class, you will, with
approval from the program manager, need to take an elective course in order to
earn the required credit hours. Students must meet with the program manager
to determine which, if any, courses can be waived.

Are there prerequisites to the program?

The MPP program prerequisites include:
Introductory Statistics
U.S. National Government

These courses must be completed at the undergraduate level with a grade “C” or
better in the last 10 years. It is also recommended students pursue intermediate
microeconomics, but this is not a prerequisite to the program. Students can
apply for the program and complete the prerequisites prior to beginning course

I took American Government 15 years ago. Will it satisfy the prerequisite

No. Prerequisite courses - American Government, Introduction to Statistics and
Introductory Microeconomics - need to be completed at an accredited college or
university within the past 10 years. Students may petition in writing for an
exception. Such petitions will be decided by the program manager and the
director on a case-by-case basis.

Are classes offered during the days or evenings or weekends?
The majority of classes will be offered in the evening. However, the MPP is an
interdisciplinary program, meaning students will take courses from different
departments across the University. Some departments may only offer daytime
courses. There are no weekend courses available.

Are there minimum standardized test score requirements?

No. Students may take the GRE, LSAT, GMAT or MAT. Scores are reviewed as
part of the total application, and above 50th percentile is standard for our

What are the specific details of the letter of intent in terms of length, format, and

Your letter of intent (a.k.a. personal statement or application essay) should be
two to three pages, preferable double-spaced. It should address your reasons for
wanting to earn a MPP degree at The University of Utah, what you could
contribute, both academically and intellectually to the program, how the MPP will
help further your career goals, what those career goals are, etc.

Do all three letters of recommendation need to be from professors, or can I
include professional recommendations?

If you are currently an undergraduate student (or a recent graduate) the letters
of recommendation need to be from professors who can speak to your academic
abilities and personal qualities needed for success in graduate school. If you
have been out of school for a while and you would find it difficult to track down
three former professors, then you may use professional recommendations.
However, if at all possible we like to see at least one academic reference.

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