Apr 24, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Graduate Catalog

Combined B.A./B.S. and M.P.P.

W&M undergraduate students are able to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Policy in five years. Candidates interested in this combined degree path must apply to and gain acceptance to the Public Policy Program in their junior year. Acceptance into the combined degree path includes the intention that the graduate committee will recommend regular admission to the graduate program when the baccalaureate degree has been conferred.

With advance written permission from the program’s graduate committee, up to nine graduate credits with a grade of C or higher taken by students in the B.A./B.S./M.P.P. combined degree path may be used to satisfy both graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. Students in the combined degree path will take additional graduate public policy classes during their fourth year; these classes will count exclusively toward the M.P.P. degree requirements.

Students may also earn up to 9 graduate credits through demonstrating competency in the following first-year M.P.P. classes: PUBP 602 - Quantitative Methods I PUBP 603 - Quantitative Methods II  and PUBP 604 - Microeconomics of Public Policy . Competency will be demonstrated by passing the final exam of these courses with a grade of B or higher. Students who successfully demonstrate competency in these courses will receive course credit and a grade of P.

M.P.P. Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Policy degree program is a two-year, full-time, residential program requiring forty-six hours of course credit.

The following courses are required:


Students in the M.P.P. degree program are required to take at least one 3-credit or two 2-credit, program-approved, School of Law course(s), and an additional 3 credits of Applied Methods courses.

Elective courses must be taken to fulfill the 46 hour credit requirement. Students choose elective credits based around their chosen area of interest or develop an alternative set of courses developed with the consent of the Director. Areas of emphasis include education policy, environmental policy, health care policy, international trade, regulatory policy, and state and local policy.