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Graduate Programs Overview


The School of Public Policy offers professional programs that develop innovative leaders in the art of policy and governance, advance the frontiers of applied interdisciplinary knowledge, and promote local, national and global public good. The programs provide advanced education and training to students who work in Maryland and regional municipalities, State and Federal governments, international agencies and organizations, and governments from around the world. The curriculums are designed to develop the skills and techniques used by professionals to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important societal problems.

School of Public Policy Professional Programs offers in-person and 100% online learning options. Designed for working professionals, students can earn a University of Maryland degree or certificate while continuing to work full-time with minimal disruption to personal and professional life. Students who successfully complete requirements for a graduate certificate may apply these credits towards a School of Public Policy master’s program if the student applies and is admitted. Full-time or part-time study is welcomed.

The School of Public Policy offers the following professional programs.

Executive Master of Public Management, Online

  • Provides education for students pursuing a career in public service. The program grows students’ understanding of the financial, managerial, and ethical dimensions of leading government and public service organizations. Learn more.

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management Leadership

  • Equips working professionals with skills to formulate innovative strategies, negotiate the complexities of nonprofit management, develop entrepreneurial skills, generate more resources, effectively manage finances, and employ their talents to make a significant difference for a nonprofit organization and the community it serves. Learn more.

Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Finance and Acquisition 

  • Designed to meet the ever-increasing demand for qualified acquisitions experts to support and supervise the varied and complex purchases carried out by federal, state, and local governments. Learn more.

Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 

  • Develops the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, analyze and implement policies related to science, technology and innovation, including regulatory aspects related to new technologies and approaches for creating and commercializing new technologies and innovations. Learn more.
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