University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - Public Policy

Why you should consider this program

The Ford School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year program of study designed for students seeking a strong foundation of analytical skills in economic, organizational, political, and quantitative fields. Students are required to complete a 10-week internship in a policy-related position. Most students do this between the first and second years of the program.

Students may also choose to pursue a dual degree program, combining the MPP with simultaneous study in another graduate or professional school at the University of Michigan.  

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 51,332 $ 12,833 $ 38,499
Out of state $ 92,796 $ 23,199 $ 69,597
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Department fellowship

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

2-4 Fellows

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 43,582

Application fee waived?



The Master of Public Policy Program at the Ford School requires students to complete a policy-related internship. This internship allows students to apply knowledge and skills acquired during their studies to significant problems in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. MPP students complete the internship requirement--10 weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) work--during the summer between their first and second year of study (for dual-degree candidates, the timing may vary). 

The internship helps students clarify their career direction, gives perspective on the selection of second-year elective courses, and assists students in gaining experience and establishing networks of great value in securing employment after graduation. We have established internship partnerships with the Detroit Mayor’s Office, the Michigan Governor’s Office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and many other local, state, and national organizations.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Megan Levanduski,  program and management analyst (PMF), USAID
  • Katie Collins, foreign service officer, US Department of State
  • Kelsey Kennedy, analyst, US Government Accountability Office
  • Kyle Murphy, policy manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Other details

Program length

Two Years full - time

Application requirements

Five supporting documents must be submitted:

  • Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement
  • Test Score - Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Dual degree applicants will need to fill out additional documentation

Admissions process

The Ford School reviews applications on a holistic basis, considering candidates’ qualifications based on academic performance, work experience and a variety of other factors. Admissions decisions are typically sent out by mid-March, along with information about any fellowship awards.  For more details please see this link.  

Program begins

Fall Semester

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Dustin Castro, Director of Recruiting & Admissions

The University of Michigan
Suite 2245
Ann Arbor, MI 48109