Degree and its requirements under review, with changes to be made for academic year 2020-2021.

Develop skills such as problem identification, analysis of solutions, writing, advocacy and persuasion, and prepare to practice public policy in real-world settings. As a student in our dual-degree program, you will gain insight into the procedures and decision-making processes of local, state and federal governments, and discover how to positively impact those processes. In addition to coursework and intensive seminars, you will complete a capstone project analyzing and developing solutions for a specific, real-world policy issue.

Faculty members provide extensive experience in public policy fields. We also draw nationally recognized experts and policy makers from Colorado and beyond to teach our students.

Our alumni hold positions in government, nonprofit organizations and private businesses, benefiting from the network of one of the nation's leading schools for international relations.

Bachelor of Public Policy

Graduate Transition

Students who pursue the dual degree normally complete their undergraduate work by the end of their junior year and begin working on the graduate degree during their senior year. You must apply for the graduate program during your junior year.

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Master of Public Policy

This dual degree includes all the requirements of the major, plus 60 graduate level credits. As the capstone project of the M.P.P. experience, you will complete a Policy Memorandum.

Areas of Specialization

  • Education Policy
  • Business and Government
  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Social Policy and Nonprofit Management
  • Communications and Public Affairs

Featured Faculty


Naazneen Barma

Associate Professor; Director, Scrivner Institute of Public Policy

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Lapo Salucci

Lapo Salucci

Teaching Associate Professor

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