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Standard Curriculum by Semester

MPP students are required to take the core curriculum classes but also have flexibility to explore their interests and expand other skills. Following is the standard curriculum by semester that most students follow to meet their graduation requirements, which can be found in the MPP Student Handbook.

Semester 1

Microeconomics and Public Policymaking (PUBPOL 810)
Politics of the Policy Process (PUBPOL 814)
Statistics and Data Analysis (PUBPOL 812)
Policy Analysis 1 (PUBPOL 803.01)
Ethics (PUBPOL 816), a specialization Foundation course (Globalization and Governance, PUBPOL 820, or Topics in Social Policy, PUBPOL 850), or another approved substitute

Semester 2

Microeconomics: Policy Applications (PUBPOL 811)
Quantitative Evaluation Methods (PUBPOL 813)
Policy Analysis II (PUBPOL 804)

Summer Internship (usually completed after first year)

Semester 3

Public Management (PUBPOL 815)
Ethics (PUBPOL 816, if deferred from Semester 1) or Elective
Master’s Project I (PUBPOL 807)

Semester 4

Leadership Skills Modules*
Master’s Project II (PUBPOL 808)

*Includes topics such as negotiation and leadership. Students pick two 1.5 credit (1/2 semester) courses or one three-credit (full semester) course.

For a further listing of requirements during the MPP program, including graduation requirements, please refer to the MPP Student Handbook.

See the complete list of Public Policy courses offered in previous, current and future semesters. 800-level courses are graduate and professional; 500-level are graduate-level courses permitting a selected number of junior and senior undergraduates; and, 100-400-level courses are specifically designated as undergraduate courses. For students entering the program with strong backgrounds in microeconomics or statistics, options for advanced coursework, in the first year of study, are available. View a complete listing of all courses at Duke University.

Learn about specializations you can pursue in our flexible MPP program.

Masters Project - Behavioral Economics and Tax Payment

For his masters project, Tyler Gamble MPP'17 ran an experiment with Guilford County, N.C.  to find out if small changes to a single letter (low-cost, behavioral economic "nudges" ) could get more people to pay their taxes on time.