University of Maryland School of Public Policy

University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Maryland School of Public Policy
University of Maryland, School of Public Policy logo
Established 1981
Type Public
Dean Donald F. Kettl
Location College Park, Maryland, USA
Campus Suburban
Nickname MSPP

The Maryland School of Public Policy is one of 14 schools at the University of Maryland, College Park and the only policy school in the Washington, D.C.-area affiliated with a major research university.

The school is located inside the Capital Beltway. The School ranks 9th nationally for schools of public policy, according to U.S. News & World Report (2008).



Van Munching Hall Atrium is most often used as a study area or place to meet other students. It is also used to host school-sponsored events.

On October 26, 1978, University of Maryland President John S. Toll appointed the Committee on a School of Public Affairs to pursue the question of whether the College Park campus should establish a new School. With the support of the Sloan foundation and key individuals such as U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings and publisher Philip Merrill, the Maryland School of Public Affairs was established on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981. By April 1981, Albert Bowker was appointed the first dean of the School and a group of faculty was recruited. The first seven faculty included Allen Schick, Robert Pastor, Catherine Kelleher, Frank Levy, Peyton Young, George Eads and Mark Winer. The School's doors opened in 1982 and degrees were conferred on a dozen students during the School's first graduation exercises in 1984.

The School of Public Affairs changed its name to the School of Public Policy in 2004 in order to better communicate its mission to contribute to the nation and the world through the preparation of current and future leaders committed to public service.


The School enrolls nearly 200 graduate students and offers full-time and part-time Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) and Master of Public Management (M.P.M.) degrees, as well as a Ph.D. in Policy Studies. The School has also established joint degree programs with the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, the College of Life Sciences Conservation Biology program, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.

The School offers the following areas of specialization:

Research centers

CIRCLE studies young people's development into active and responsible participants in American democracy.
CIER is dedicated to creating a comprehensive understanding of the complex environmental challenges facing society and developing valuable tools to inform policy and investment decision making.
CISSM seeks to enliven the campus debate on international issues among faculty, students, and visiting scholars from a wide range of disciplines. The Center also works through research, conferences, and publications to reach beyond the university to the policy world.
CPPPE strengthens connections among government, business, academic, and nonprofit sectors in order to address complex public policy problems and speed improvements in the management and delivery of public services. The Center focuses on areas impacted by public-private linkages, including: government sourcing, supply chain management, national security, and economic competitiveness.
The Institute's scholars explore philosophical (moral or conceptual) issues relevant to public policy.
The Academy fosters leadership through scholarship, education, and training, with special attention to advancing the leadership of groups historically underrepresented in public life.
The Center is a non-partisan center for research and leadership training on Smart Growth and related national and international land-use issues.
The Academy helps state and local officials, private social service providers, and other interested parties take full advantage of the 1996 welfare reform law. While the law puts pressure on public officials and service providers to make their programs more efficient and better targeted, it also presents an unprecedented opportunity for states to reshape their programs.
The Program is an effort by the University of Maryland to bring economists interested in crime together with criminologists. It aims to do that through developing research collaborations and through teaching and training, involving the Criminology and Economics Departments and the School of Public Policy, as well as the Maryland Population Research Center.
SBIC is an independent, academic research center that examines issues related to competitive advantage of firms in the U.S. biotechnology industry. The center conducts research using interdisciplinary teams that work directly with industry to investigate critical areas that can affect current and future performance of U.S. biotechnology companies.

Student organizations

The Ecological Economics Student Group (EESG) is multi-disciplinary student organization dedicated to advancing the case for ecological economics and exploring the intersection of environmental, social and economic issues. They hold a weekly seminar, the Environmental Policy Roundtable, intended to provide interested people with a forum for learning about and discussing current topics in Ecological Economics and associated disciplines (environmental, social and economic policy, engineering, development, conservation, etc.). EESG seeks to promote cross-disciplinary dialogue to hear perspectives that add to the understanding of a wide-array of issues. [1]
Graduate Women in Public Policy (GWIPP) seeks to develop a community built on relationships among students and alumni of the Maryland School of Public Policy and to provide personal and professional development for its members. GWIPP is further established to develop leadership skills and to encourage students to participate in public policy. [2]
The Policy Student Government Association (PSGA) of the Maryland School of Public Policy is an independent student organization whose mission is to represent the needs and interest of MPP, MPM, and Policy Studies PhD students to the School and the University of Maryland. The group also works to build community among students, faculty, staff, and administration. We host social events and student meetings, and are in regular contact with the administration on issues of special concern. [3]

Selected Faculty


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