Why Choose Korbel
This is a critical time in our history. The challenges we are facing are complex, but the opportunities for impact are extraordinary. The only Master of Public Policy (MPP) program in the state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West, Korbel's MPP prepares students with the analytical skills and competencies needed for professional careers in government, private industry and non-profits.
Issue-focused and Interdisciplinary
At Korbel, we are focused on preparing our students to tackle the great issues of our time: economic inequality, environmental sustainability, social justice, education, and more. And because issues don't respect disciplinary boundaries, we pull our interdisciplinary faculty from across all areas of DU's campus including social science, business, law, education, social work, and of course, international studies. These faculty, combined with public policy practitioners provide intensive classroom instruction and multiple experiential learning opportunities to prepare students to enter the real-world public policy environment.
Skills and Experience
Because we are committed to providing our students with the analytical and practical skills for a lifetime we have built skills modules into the curriculum. Experiential learning will play a key-role in our student's experiencing, including our new "Hacking for Good" competition, the new Policy Lab course, and internship opportunities in Denver and around the world as well as a capstone project for a real-world client.
MPP students graduate with a job-ready skill set, equally applicable to decision-making and leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. MPP graduates are able to define policy problems across disciplinary boundaries and apply methodologies and ethical awareness to evaluate and implement alternative courses of action in multiple settings.
Local to Global
We are connecting the dots between the local and the global. Korbel is one of the world's great professional schools of international affairs, which gives us the unique ability, regardless of issue, to make connections between local and global. This foundation of learning prepares our graduates to make an impact whether their career leads them to Denver, DC or Nairobi.
Accelerated or Traditional Options
MPP students have the unique opportunity to successfully complete their program in a traditional two-year format, or through DU's quarter system, accelerate their program and complete the degree in one calendar year. Like a "professional gap-year," this option gives graduates a running start in advancing their careers.
The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy
The Doug and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy hosts Korbel's MPP program as well as the undergraduate major in public policy. The Scrivner Institute supports interdisciplinary applied research on public policy issues, provides informative public programming, and serves as a convener of experts and practitioners seeking to solve pressing public policy issues.
Scrivner Institute | MPP Faculty
Fritz Mayer, Dean, Korbel School
Naazneen Barma, Scrivner Chair and Director of Scrivner Institute