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2018 - 2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Policy Program



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The Public Policy program 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).


For full consideration for admission and financial assistance, applications and all supporting materials, including transcrtips, three letters of recommendation and GRE scores taken within the past five years, must be received by January 15. Applications submitted after the program’s deadline may be evaluated if space is available.   

To be admitted to the program, a student must demonstrate potential for success through his or her undergraduate record, GRE scores and 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.  

If English is not your first language, your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required and must be sent directly to William & Mary by the Educational Testing Service or IELTS. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived for applicants who will have received a degree from a college or university in which English is the primary language of instruction.  A transcript required as evidence of successful instruction in English as a primary language. 

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).