The Ford School curriculum
The MPP program
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year interdisciplinary degree. At the Ford School, the program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, drawing on the methodologies of several disciplines that enable students to appreciate the complexity of public issues and their solution.
The required curriculum includes courses in statistics, economic analysis, political analysis, public management, and ethics and values. As students develop their analytical abilities, they are challenged to put these tools to work through courses such as the Integrated Policy Exercise (an all-Ford School week-long intensive course) and through a summer internship.
The core courses are supplemented by elective courses taken within the Ford School or from other graduate and professional schools at the University.
The PhD program
The Ford School PhD is offered as a joint degree between the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the departments of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. The program offers three doctoral degrees: Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy, Ph.D. in Political Science and Public Policy, and Ph.D. in Sociology and Public Policy.
These programs are designed to train scholars to bring the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological advances of social sciences to bear on the challenges of public affairs.
These programs provide:
(1) full training in a social science discipline,
(2) multi-disciplinary training in the economic and institutional frameworks within which policies are implemented, administered and evaluated, and
(3) training in a wide range of methods used to analyze policy outcomes and effects.
Students also will specialize in a substantive policy area such as health, aging, poverty and welfare, international trade, tax policy, or immigration.
This program prepares students for faculty positions in departments of Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or in schools of public policy and for research positions in government, non-profit institutions, and business.