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Master of Public Policy

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Fall 2021 Priority Application Deadline (Domestic and International): March 1, 2021

Fall 2021 Application Deadline (International): June 15, 2021

Fall 2021 Application Deadline (Domestic): August 1, 2021

Spring 2022 Priority Application Deadline (Domestic and International): October 15, 2021

Spring 2022 Application Deadline (International): November 1, 2021

Spring 2022 Application Deadline (Domestic): December 1, 2021

Scholarships up to $3,000 per semester are available!

GRE waived for ALL applicants with 3.2 or higher undergraduate GPA. 

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On July 28, 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the University of Houston’s request to create a new Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program. The 39 credit hour interdisciplinary program, which accepted its first class for Fall 2015, prepares students to conduct advanced quantitative and qualitative analyses to provide them with the tools to gain employment in many areas of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Besides the standalone MPP, several dual degrees/accelerated pathway programs are available via partnerships with other academic departments.

The graduates of the MPP program will be prepared to complete advanced analyses in any organization, leading to higher level analytic and decision-making positions that in turn will increase the visibility of the program and the university. In addition, MPP graduates will also be prepared to enter a PhD program with a quantitative emphasis.

MPP graduates can expect to secure employment with federal, state, and local governments; educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private corporations. The types of positions that MPP graduates obtain include:

  • Policy Analysts
  • Statisticians
  • Research Associates
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Executive positions

The average starting salary of a MPP graduate will vary greatly by sector, geography, and work experience. For example, entry-level policy analysts average over $50,000, and executive positions can earn over $100,000.

Recent employers of Hobby School MPP alumni include the following:

  • AIG
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management
  • Harris County Public Health
  • Houston-Galveston Area Council
  • Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research

The Hobby School is a Full Member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and Institutional Member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM). The Hobby School also maintains a Pi Alpha Alpha chapter, which is the global honors society for public affairs and administration.

Mission Statement for the Hobby School's Master of Public Policy Program

The University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs' Master of Public Policy will actively prepare graduates for professions by providing a leading-edge education encompassing policy and political analysis, ethics, quantitative analysis, and the development and implementation of leadership skills with a focus on real-world solutions.

Students will be prepared through in-class education and meaningful experiental learning opportunities in the diverse city of Houston and beyond. Our students will demonstrate integrity, cross-disciplinary competence, strong communication skills, and a commitment to diversity.