Master of Public Policy Program (MPP)

Master of Public Policy Program (MPP): The two-year professional MPP Program prepares students for leadership roles in government and nonprofit organizations, both in domestic and international locations. Dual degrees in law (JD) and business (MBA) are available through Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A dual degree in law (JD) is also offered through North Carolina Central School of Law. Dual degrees in environment (MEM/MF), divinity (MDiv), and medicine (MD) are offered through Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Divinity School, and the Duke University School of Medicine. The MPP Program requires full-time enrollment, and most students have two-to-six years of post-undergraduate work experience.

4+1 Accelerated MPP: The 4+1 Accelerated MPP track is an opportunity for Duke undergraduate public policy majors to complete both their undergraduate and master’s degrees in five years. Majors who are able to pursue graduate-level coursework during their senior year are eligible to apply in the spring of their junior year.

Electives and Concentrations

The MPP Program offers six policy-area concentrations that span domestic and global policy issues—environment and energy policy; health policy; international development policy; national security and foreign policy; social policy; and technology policy—for which the concentration is recorded on student’s transcript upon graduation.

Requirements to earn a concentration include the following:

  • completing 9.0 course credits of coursework in the specified concentration (either one, 3.0-course-credit foundations course plus 6.0 elective course credits, or, for concentrations without a designated foundations course, 9.0 approved elective course credits);

  • completion of a summer internship related to the concentration; and

  • writing a master’s project in the concentration area.

Regardless of whether a student chooses to concentrate in a particular policy area, elective courses will play an important role in shaping the student’s learning experience. MPP students may take elective courses within the Sanford School, in other departments and schools at Duke, and at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, or North Carolina Central University. Students should plan their coursework based on the course offerings for a particular semester.

Information about concentration requirements and sample course offerings can be found on the “Concentrations” page of the website: sanford.duke.edu/academics/master-public-policy/curriculum/requirements. For current course offerings, consult Duke University’s official schedule of classes available through DukeHub.