Graduate Program

Degree Offered

  • Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

Application Information

Fall admission only. Priority deadline for applications is February 15. Final Deadline is June 15. For more information, see the Master of Public Policy program Web site.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the University of New Mexico, applicants must submit GRE General Test scores, a writing sample (preferably related to a policy issue), a letter of intent, unofficial transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

Students from a variety of undergraduate majors, including the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, education, and engineering are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong quantitative and writing skills as evidenced in college coursework, GRE scores, and the writing sample. At least one undergraduate course in Statistics (MATH 1350 or the equivalent) with a grade of "B" or better is required.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Policy requires the completion of 43 credit hours and a professional Policy Report as follows:

1. Core Curriculum
Public Finance (ECON *350).
Financial Management (PADM 544).
Organizational Behavior (PADM 521 or SOCI 595).
Political Context (POLS 510 or POLS 570).
Public Policy, Diversity and Inclusion (PADM 526 or POLS 511 or SOCI 520 or SOCI 528 or SOCI 595).
Quantitative and Empirical Methods I (ECON 508 or POLS 581 or SOCI 581).
Quantitative and Empirical Methods II (ECON 509 or ECON 681 or SOCI 582).
Subtotal 21
2. Complementary Policy Area
In conjunction with faculty advisors, students choose three courses to gain expertise in a policy area. Students are encouraged to take advantage of UNM’s numerous graduate offerings across campus. For example, students specializing in environmental policy will find highly relevant courses in the School of Law, in the departments of Community and Regional Planning, Economics, Geography and Environmental Studies. Prerequisites may need to be completed.
Subtotal 9
3. Policy Seminar
Students must complete 7 credit hours in PUBP 501 Policy Seminar. The course is dedicated to professional conduct and best practices, research ethics, and support for completing the Policy Report.
Subtotal 7
4. Policy and Evaluation Lab
Experiential learning in policy analysis and program evaluation for government, research, and community organizations.
Subtotal 6
Total 43

The M.P.P. is a Plan II degree as defined in The Graduate Program section of this Catalog. The Master’s Examination consists of a written Policy Report and an oral presentation. 


PUBP 501. Policy Seminar. (1-3 to a maximum of 10 Δ)

PUBP 502. Policy and Evaluation Lab. (3, no limit Δ)

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