This interdisciplinary degree draws from multiple fields of study,
including economics, political science, sociology, psychology, education, law, history, and
public health. The SPPA MPP degree focuses on professional skills in public policy analysis,
evaluation, and communication.
MPP students are educated in the well-known Delaware Model for public affairs education, where hands-on, real-world experience is a must. Classroom experience in the MPP program is supplemented by applied policy research and internship opportunities offered by
SPPA, its affiliated programs and centers, and external partners.
MPP students will be assessed through their coursework on their (1) knowledge of the public policy-making process; (2) analytic skills to be used for policy analysis, evaluation, and decision support; (3) communication and interpersonal skills (including leadership and teamwork) for working with diverse populations in and out of government; and (4) an ethical foundation for conducting professional policy research from a public-service perspective.