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Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepares students to capably make and effectively implement  public policy decisions. This MPP program allows students to engage in California's world-leading public policies through course assignments structured as commonly expected professional work products and both a required externship and a required internship. The only MPP degree offered by an ABA accredited law school provides students with a greater understanding of laws and regulations as both foundations and tools of public policies.

Both the MPA and MPP may be pursued full-time or part-time. Admissions are made in the fall and in the spring.

Questions?

Contact Distinguished Professor of Public Policy John J. Kirlin
Email | 916.520.7471

MPP Requirements

Required Courses: All core courses in four areas, including:
LAW
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain3
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 215A Complex Public Policy Case2
PUB 291Externship3
ANALYTIC TOOLS
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
LEADERSHIP
PUB 241Leaders, Organization Behavior3
PUB 242Systemic Change3


Required internship:  Between the first and second year, MPP students complete an approved internship.

Required courses in a concentration (or electives):  To complete a designated area of concentration, nine (9) to twelve (12) units as specified for that area of concentration.  Alternatively, take sufficient elective courses to achieve a total of 48 units, receiving the MPP without a concentration.

MPP Concentrations

Water Policy
LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
Select 6 or more units of the following:6
Environmental Practice
Administrative Law
CA Enviro. Cases & Places
Environmental Law
Special Topics in Environmental Law
Natural Resources Law
Directed Research
Health Policy
LAW 570Health Law3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Health Economics
Mental Health - Policy and Law
Administrative Law
Public Health Law
Affordable Care Act Seminar
Elder Law and Social Policy
Directed Research
Health Policy Choices
Environmental Policy
LAW 507Environmental Law3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Administrative Law
CA Enviro. Cases & Places
Special Topics in Environmental Law
Natural Resources Law
Directed Research
Capital Policy Making - 10 units, all required courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Intro to Capital Lawyering2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 853Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *4

*LAW 853 requires students to register for 2 units in each Fall & Spring.      

Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY
PUB 242Systemic Change3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Administrative Law
Lawmaking in California
Enhancing Societal Capacity
Directed Research
Finance for Public Policies
Advanced Policy Analytics
Government Operations and Leadership
LAW 500Administrative Law3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Contracts/Analytical Skills
Contracts
Local Agency Practice
California Lobbying & Politics
Land Use Planning
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar
Lawmaking in California
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals
Enhancing Societal Capacity
Directed Research
State Government
Local Government
Intersectoral Leadership
Non Profit Operations and Leadership
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
Select 5 or more units of the following:
California Lobbying & Politics
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar
Lawmaking in California
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals
Enhancing Societal Capacity
Directed Research
Intersectoral Leadership
Foundations of Social Policy
Demography
Housing Policy
Poverty and Welfare Policy
Education Policy and Leadership
EDUC 280Education Law and Legal Processes3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Seminar: Educational Policy Making and Politics
Administrative Law
Directed Research

Required of MPP

Minimum GPA:  Your cumulative grade point average must be 3.00 or higher in those courses required for award of the MPA, MPA with concentration, or MPP.

Application for Graduation:  Students in the final semester of their degree program must complete the Application for Graduation form no later than the Add/Drop Deadline of that semester and return completed forms to the Office of the Registrar.

Questions?

Contact Distinguished Professor of Public Policy John J. Kirlin
Email | 916.520.7471

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify Policy Issue and Analytic Tools

Accurately identify the type of public policy issue confronted and useful tools for guiding analysis and action (e.g., degrees of complexity and uncertainty, extent and depth of conflicts, capacities to make decisions and to implement choices).

2. Analyze Policy and Recommend Action

Analyze and recommend actions with sufficient understanding of relevant values, past history, competitive forces, and adaptive human behaviors to reasonably assess probable longer term effects of public policy choices.

3. Strategically Lead.

Demonstrate capacity to pursue a policy goal by effective engagement at key decision points and mobilization and leverage of critical resources.

4. Diversely Communicate Useful Information to Stakeholders

Convey information effectively in several formats-written, verbal, and web-emphasizing those useful to decision makers, professionals in a field, and citizens.

5. Analytically Produce Public Policy Information

Effectively identify, collect, organize and analyze information, including demographic, economic, fiscal and agency activity data.