Ford School opens applications for powerful one year degree program

October 25, 2023

Today, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy opens applications for its Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program—an innovative, powerful one-year degree. The school's MPA combines training in rigorous applied policy analysis with the development of high-level public and nonprofit management, leadership, and communication skills, focusing on complex domestic and international policy issues. The program is designed for seasoned professionals with at least five years of policy-relevant experience in government, military, government affairs in the private sector, or the nonprofit sector—in the U.S. or abroad.

The 30-credit MPA offers two semesters of carefully designed, challenging coursework in economics, statistics, values and ethics, politics, policy writing, and management and leadership, with room for electives from across the University of Michigan tailored to students’ individual interests in public affairs. A new professional seminar in leadership and professional development is paired with the opportunity to receive executive coaching from a certified coach. Learn more about the MPA curriculum.

Our MPA graduates are part of a small cohort of accomplished policy professionals from around the world. They are prepared for senior roles in a variety of governmental institutions and public agencies, in the nonprofit sector, and in the private sector, such as:

  • Leadership positions in government, nonprofit organizations, or within the government affairs team for an engineering firm or other for-profit business.
  • Leadership roles within governments around the world—in ministries of education, national security, environment, social inclusion, and more.
  • Senior level positions in U.S. local and state government, such as director of immigrant affairs for a major city, or a state budget director.
  • "Translational" roles as public affairs specialists working in nonprofits and communications firms, advocating on issues, and translating research into powerful campaigns.

Is a Ford School Master's of Public Affairs right for you?

Read more MPA alumni profiles here.

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