… one of the four Reference Programs on the Atlas
University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy – MPP and MPA
Program Comparison Highlights
Institutional structure: The Ford School of Public Policy is one of 19 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan.
Curriculum design: With an 18-course degree, the Michigan Ford MPP has one of the higher course requirements among the MPP/MPA programs. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 73% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 27% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 37% of their course work in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the Michigan Ford MPP in the “high course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-economics content” curricular type, along with such programs as the Berkeley MPP and the Chicago MPP (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). Among peers in its curricular type, the Michigan Ford MPP has as a high number of courses and a high proportion of courses taught within the school. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Michigan Ford MPP student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 21 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 4 course-weeks in Leadership Skills and in Public Financial Management, and shortfalls of 3 course-weeks in each of Socioeconomic and Political Context, Human Resource Management, and Information and Technology Management.
For the Michigan Ford MPA our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 82% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 18% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 50% of their course work in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the Michigan Ford MPA in the “low course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-economics content” curricular type, along with such programs as the Queen’s MPA and the Maryland MPM (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). Among peers in its curricular type, the Michigan Ford MPA has as a high number of courses and a high proportion of courses taught within the school. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Michigan Ford MPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 60 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 13 course-weeks in Policy and Management Analysis and 12 course-weeks in Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process..
Professional program features: The Ford School makes extensive use of current and former practitioners in its teaching. Its courses make substantial use of case studies. There are extensive professional development modules, career counselling services and co-curricular activities with a professional focus as described at http://fordschool.umich.edu/careers-internships/graduate-students/services. The Ford School lists 7 policy centres and initiatives on it Research Centers page (http://fordschool.umich.edu/research-centers): the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) conducts, supports and fosters applied academic research to inform local, state, and urban policy issues; the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies is charged with promoting cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research, educational opportunities, and dialogue to improve the design and implementation of public policies in societies that are increasingly complex and diverse locally, nationally, and globally; the Education Policy Initiative (EPI) is a program within the Ford School that brings together nationally-recognized education policy scholars focused on the generation and dissemination of policy-relevant education research; the International Policy Center supports the faculty and students of the University of Michigan and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in creating new knowledge, fostering considered debate, and developing the policy leaders of tomorrow; the National Poverty Center (NPC) conducts and promotes multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, mentors and trains emerging scholars, and informs public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty; and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program is devoted to interdisciplinary research and teaching on the politics and processes of science and technology policymaking.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP); Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Marketing approach: “The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is a top-ranked policy school located within one of the world’s premier research universities – in one of America’s best college towns. We offer ready access to the world-class intellectual, cultural, and social resources of the University of Michigan and its impressive alumni network – the largest living alumni body in the world. … The Ford School of Public Policy is a ‘full-service’ school, offering nationally-renowned degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Our master’s curriculum emphasizes research, analytic, and management skills that are highly transferable across sectors, issue areas, and geographical regions – all offered with an applied approach to policy training, providing hands-on learning around real-world problems.” (At http://fordschool.umich.edu/why, accessed 23 May 2016.)
Degrees awarded per year: ~100 (Incoming 2014 class size for Master’s programs = 110, at http://fordschool.umich.edu/facts, accessed 23 May 2016.)
Academic unit within University: The Ford School of Public Policy is one of 19 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan.
Related academic units and degrees:
Posted tuition: Michigan resident: $11,373 per year; Non-resident: $20,692 per year for 2014-15, at http://www.ro.umich.edu/tuition/tuition-fees.php, accessed 17 May 2015.
MPP summary: The degree requires completion of 48 credit hours (most courses are 3 credit hours), with a total of 36 credits required within the Ford School. Additionally, the Rackham Cognate requirement external link requires that students must complete a minimum of 4 credits of graduate-level coursework outside their primary discipline.
MPA summary: The degree requires completion of 30 credit hours (most courses are 3 credit hours), with a total of 21 credits required within the Ford School. Additionally, the Rackham Cognate requirement external link requires that students must complete a minimum of 4 credits of graduate-level coursework outside their primary discipline.
Duration: MPP: 24 months; MPA: 10 months
Number of one-semester-equivalent courses required for completion: MPP: 18 (16 plus required internship equivalent to 2 course-equivalents); MPA: 12
Number of required courses: MPP: 12; MPA: 8
Number of electives typically taken: MPP: 6; MPA: 4
Number of electives offered within program: 68
Comprehensive examination: MPP: No; MPA: No
Thesis required: MPP: No; MPA: No
Internship required: MPP: Yes; MPA: No
International study required: No, but optional
Co-Curricular Activities Supportive to Degree: Yes
Professional development and career support: Yes
Student run journal: Yes, Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, http://mjpa.umich.edu/
Applied projects: MPP: Yes; MPA: Yes
Pro bono consulting: No
Courses offered: The full list of 2013-14 Ford courses for Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 are found at http://fordschool.umich.edu/courses/index.php. With permission, students can also select graduate-level courses offered by other units at the Ford school. The courses offered by the Ford school have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the map below. Required courses are indicated by (R). Where the required course has two options, they are both designated with (R/2).
Course material online: Descriptions of all courses can be found at http://fordschool.umich.edu/courses and, where syllabi are available, a link is provided.
Instructional distribution (PEACO profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.
Source: At http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/ and related sites, accessed 4 June 2016.
Course Map for Michigan Ford MPP and MPA
(R indicates required course; PUBPOL 750-series courses for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016)
Page created by: Ian Clark, last updated 4 June 2016.