Oct 19, 2021  
2015 - 2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015 - 2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy



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The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy

The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy offers the Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree. The M.P.P. program is a two-year, full-time program with a required internship in the summer between the two academic years. The program prepares students for careers in public service by combining training in quantitative techniques and economic analysis with instruction in the political, legal, and organizational environments in which policy is made and implemented. We also offer several joint degrees (with Law, Business, and Education) and concurrent degrees (with Marine Science and Computational Operations Research).


To ensure full consideration for admission and financial assistance, applications, including all supporting materials and test scores, should be completed by February 15. Applications received after February 15 will be reviewed on the basis of available space.

To be admitted to the program, a student must demonstrate potential for success through his or her undergraduate record, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and three letters of recommendation. No single undergraduate major is required, but students will be expected to have completed coursework in the principles of economics. In addition, intermediate microeconomics and introductory statistics are strongly recommended. Students whose preparation is deficient may be required to take advanced undergraduate courses before matriculating.

Programs and Course Descriptions


    Masters Degree ProgramsAccelerated DegreeJoint Degree


      Public Policy

      Description of Courses

      Unless otherwise noted, all courses are graded using standard grading [A, B, C, D, F] scheme (See Grading and Academic Progress in the section entitled ‘Graduate Regulations’) and may not be repeated for credit (See Repeated Courses requirements in the section entitled ‘Graduate Regulations’). No credit toward a degree will be allowed for a course in which a student receives a grade below C (quality points = 2.0).

      See the Open Course List to search for open seats in a term.