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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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  • Benjamin Attia
    Benjamin Attia
    MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
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  • Wei-Ming Chen
    Wei-Ming Chen
    Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
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  • Michelle Kung
    Michelle Kung
    PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
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Master of Public Policy Curriculum

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42-Credit Policy Analysis Degree

​Core Required Courses​27 credits
​​Elective Courses​  9 credits
​Capstone Project​  6 credits
Internship
​  0 credits
​TOTAL CREDIT HOURS42 credits

Core Courses

​6 credits of policy foundations:

​UAPP701
​Public Policy (3)
​UAPP707
​Public Policy Analysis (3)


18 credits of research methods and tools:

​UAPP702
​Research Methods in Urban and Public Policy (3)
​UAPP691
​Quantitative Analysis in Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3)
​UAPP704
​Advanced Quantitative Methods (3)
​UAPP693
​Economics in Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3)
​UAPP709
​Advanced Economics in Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3)
​UAPP684
​Performance Management and Program Evaluation (3)


3 credits from the following list (1 course):

​UAPP663
​Decision Tools for Policy Analysis (3)
​UAPP694
​Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3)
​UAPP718
​Survey Research Methods (3)
​UAPP755
​Evaluation Models and Approaches (3)
​UAPP756
​Advanced Seminar in Evaluation (3)
​UAPP761
​Conflict Resolution and Collaborative Problem Solving (3)
​UAPP800
​Research Methods and Data Analysis (3)
​UAPP808
​Qualitative Methods for Program Evaluation (3)
​HLPR632
​Health Science Data Analysis (3)
​MSDY672
​Benefit-Cost Analysis (3)
​PHIL613
​Research Ethics (0-3)

Electives

​Each MPP student should design a plan of study in consultation with their academic advisor, including 9 credits of electives built around the student's policy areas of interest. Below are some possible areas of interest, but this list is not exhaustive.


Urban Policy

​UAPP605​Metropolitan Planning and Governance (3)
​UAPP606​Local Economic Development: Policy and Practice (3)
​UAPP608​Poverty, Neighborhoods, and Community Development (3)
​UAPP612​Urban Housing Policy and Administration (3)
​UAPP613​Planning Theory and Urban Policy (3)
​UAPP627​World Heritage Sites (1)
​UAPP639​Community Development Theory, Concepts, and Practice (3)
​UAPP703​Urban Society and Public Policy (3)
​UAPP706​Plan Sustainable Communities and Regions (3)
​EDUC659​Urban Schools in Urban Landscapes (3)


Social Policy

​UAPP640​International Development Policy and Administration (3)
​UAPP649​Civil Rights Law and Policy (3)
​UAPP703​Urban Society and Public Policy (3)
​UAPP823​Social and Urban Policy (3)
​EDUC659​Urban Schools in Urban Landscapes (3)
EDUC811​​Topics in Education Policy (3)
​EDUC839​Education Policy and Governance (3)
​GEOG630​Food Geographies and Food Justice (3)
​SOCI837​Criminology and Systems of Criminal Justice (3)


Emergency Management

​DISA650​Introduction to Disaster Science and Management (3)
​DISA651​International Comparative Analysis of Disasters (3)
​DISA670​Issues in Disaster Response (3)
​DISA690​Natural Hazards (3)
​CIEG641​Risk Analysis (3)
​SOCI667​Disasters and Society (3)
​SOCI671​Disasters, Vulnerability, and Development (3)


Health Policy

​UAPP653​Politics and Healthcare (3)
​UAPP657​Health Policy (3)


For Any Area of Interest

​UAPP715​Media, Citizenship and Public Policy (3)
​UAPP687​State Government Policy and Management (3)
​UAPP668​Government Budgets and Fiscal Federalism (3)
​UAPP730​Topics in Public Policy (3)
​UAPP666​Special Problem (1-3) - maximum of 3 credits applied to degree
​UAPP661​Comparative Public Administration and Policy (1)
Capstone Project

​Students complete the capstone experience in their final spring semester of the program.

UAPP714
​Policy Studio (6)
Internship

​Students complete a non-credit internship, ideally during the summer between the 2 years of the program. This requirement can be waived for part-time or mid-career students.

UNIV554
​Graduate Internship Semester (0)

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