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Public Policy Accelerated Master's Program (MPP)

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Undergraduate Degree
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Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Master of Public Policy (MPP) - Accelerated Master's Program 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Government and Public Policy -

Program Description

The Accelerated Master of Public Policy will enable academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their Bachelors (in CJS, POL, or PMPC) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) in as little as five years of study beginning with their freshman year as an undergraduate. This program is intended for students interested in enhancing their qualifications for admission to other graduate programs (such as Ph.D. programs or J.D. programs at law schools) and for students interested in an accelerated masters program.

The program is open to University of Arizona undergraduates majoring in Criminal Justice Studies, Political Science, or Public Management and Policy with a minimum 3.3 GPA. Students can apply for the program their junior year and if accepted take 12 graduate credits their senior year. They spend their fifth year completing the remaining 30 MPP units, including an internship during the summer.

The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – political science and public administration and policy - bringing them under a single roof. Located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a new model for public affairs education by promoting high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.

By offering leading programs in political science, international relations, public policy, and public management, SGPP prepares men and women for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.