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School of Public PolicyGraduate Student Handbook2019-2020As revised September 6, 2019School of Public PolicyUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County1000 Hilltop CirclePublic Policy Building, 4thfloorBaltimore, MD 21250Telephone: (410) 455-3201Fax: (410) 455-1172http://publicpolicy.umbc.edu

GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK2019-2020Table of ContentsTopicPageIntroductionAcademic InformationDegrees OfferedAdvising and Curriculum PlanningM.P.P. CurriculumPh.D. CurriculumPolicy SpecializationsEvaluation & Analytical MethodsHealth PolicyPublic ManagementSocial PolicyEducation PolicyUrban PolicyPh.D. Only SpecializationsEconomicsEmergency ServicesPolicy HistoryM.P.P. Degree Time LineM.P.P. Individual Student Policy Analysis Paper GuidelinesModel Schedule for Full Time M.P.P. StudentsPh.D. Degree Time LineProgram Faculty and StaffAcademic IntegrityResearch Institutes and CentersRelated Degree ProgramsM.P.P. Policy Analysis Paper Approval FormApplication to take the Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam CourseM.P.P. Curriculum WorksheetPh.D. Curriculum ted: September 6, 20192

School of Public PolicyGraduate StudentIntroductionMissionOur mission is to provide an excellent public policy education for a diverse range of high-quality students (both fulltime and part-time) with a variety of aspirations and career goals. These include:·students who have recently completed their undergraduate education and are interested in pursuing careers inpolicy analysis, management, or research;·in-service (mid-career) professionals who want to improve their abilities and qualifications;·students who have already completed a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, planning, or arelated discipline and wish to pursue additional education;·individuals interested in teaching or research positions in public policy-related fields at academic institutions.Faculty at UMBCTeaching and research in the master’s and doctoral programs are carried out by a distinguished and nationallyrecognized full-time core faculty in Public Policy and related social science departments on the UMBC campus.Many of the faculty members have had substantial experience in public policy positions during their careers.The Public Policy faculty roster includes members of the School of Public Policy and members of other departmentswho teach courses regularly in our graduate programs and serve on dissertation and thesis committees for PublicPolicy students. A listing of Program Faculty can be found on pages 24-27.Relationships with Other University System of Maryland CampusesPublic Policy students may take courses on other campuses of the University System of Maryland when this willhelp achieve their educa-tional objectives. When added to the regular program curriculum, the courses offered in theUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Social Work, School of Law, School of Medicine and in theUniversity of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) School of Public Affairs, School of Education, School of BusinessAdministration, and Urban Studies and Planning Program create a comprehensive opportunity for policy study.Description of courses and schedules may be obtained from the relevant school. Students desiring to take suchcourses should be certain they meet prerequisites and should have the permission of their Public Policy adviser.They also must submit an adviser approved Application for Inter-Institutional Enrollment to the UMBC Registrar’sOffice. Students from other campuses of the University of Maryland System are welcome to register for appropriatecourses in Public Policy with the permission of the instructor.3

ACADEMIC INFORMATIONDegrees OfferedM.P.P. degreeThe Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree requires the completion of 37 course credits, including an internship(that may be satisfied with other work experience), and the writing of a policy analysis paper. A thesis maysubstitute for three specialization credits and the policy analysis paper, but requires an additional two credits ofthesis research, in addition to the 4-credit substitution of credits (six credits total).Students may transfer up to six hours of prior graduate coursework if it is relevant, was obtained during the past fiveyears, and was not applied towards another degree. In addition, a previously taken course may make a requiredcourse redundant. In this case, the student may ask to be exempt from the requirement. Exemptions do not reduce thetotal number of credits necessary, but they do give the student more flexibility in taking advanced courses andelectives.Accelerated PathwaysThe Accelerated Pathways Program provides a way for UMBC undergraduates with strong academic records tobegin taking graduate-level courses toward the M.P.P. degree in their junior year. A student may be able to apply upto four graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate toward the M.P.P. degree. By taking advantage of thisoption, a UMBC undergraduate can reduce the time to obtain the M.P.P. by as much as a year.UMBC undergraduates interested in enrolling in the Accelerated Pathways bachelor’s/master’s program shouldapply for admission by the second semester of their junior year. Contact the School of Public Policy for otherdetails.Ph.D. degreeThe requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, Public Policy (Ph.D.) degree include completion of 48 coursecredits, including PUBL 609 (the comprehensive examination course), a proposal examination, registering for 18hours of dissertation research (PUBL 899), and writing and successfully defending a dissertation.Previous graduate coursework, if it is relevant and taken within the past five years, may lead the adviser torecommend a reduction in the 48 course credit hours required for the Ph.D. The maximum reduction is 18 credits.As with the M.P.P. degree, a previously taken course may make a required course redundant. In this case, thestudent may ask to be exempt from the requirement. Exemptions do not reduce the total number of credits necessary,but they do give the student more flexibility in taking advanced courses and electives.We, in partnership with other departments or University of Maryland System Institutions, offer related and dualdegree programs. Those are described on pages 30-31 below.4

Advising and Curriculum PlanningConsult with your faculty adviser at least each semester for course selection and planning. The adviser is responsiblefor collaborating with the student to plan a curriculum and, for a Ph.D. candidate, setting up the dissertationcommittee.In working with their advisers, Ph.D. students will review the requirements for the core comprehensive examinationcourse, the curriculum for Ph.D. students (page 35) and their previous graduate coursework. The Ph.D. curriculumsequence is designed to prepare students for the required examinations and dissertation. Progress is measured interms of mastery of subjects rather than counting credits. For Ph.D. students, 48 hours of coursework (plus 18 hoursof dissertation credits) is ordinarily the minimum necessary for students without previous graduate study. However,each Ph.D. student's curriculum is customized to best prepare students for their anticipated dissertation project.At the discretion of the adviser, previous graduate coursework may exempt a student from a required course orotherwise count toward the degree. The maximum reduction is six credits for M.P.P. students and 18 credits forPh.D. students. In some cases, particularly for students in the Accelerated Pathways bachelor's/master's program, 12credits taken as an undergraduate may be used to meet curricular requirements. For both reductions and exemptions,the student's adviser will submit a recommendation with supporting documents to the Graduate Program Director(GPD) in writing or via email. The GPD will then inform the student of the decision.GPA RequirementsStudents must maintain at least a GPA of 3.0. The Graduate School will otherwise place a student on academicprobation. Students may not have more than two (2) grades of C or lower. If a student receives a third grade of C orlower, the director or the GPD will write the student informing them that the faculty, at the next faculty meeting,will consider whether to dismiss the student. The student can appeal the decision and/or explain and request not tobe dismissed.CurriculumProgram requirements ensure a shared interdisciplinary foundation in public policy analysis. Students will alsodevelop expertise in a specific area based on their goals. The curriculum, therefore, includes core courses,disciplinary foundation courses, and courses in a focus area.M.P.P. CurriculumThe M.P.P. is a 37-credit program. The core curriculum consists of seven courses (16 credits):Core Curriculum (16 credits):PUBL 600PUBL 603PUBL 604PUBL 613PUBL 623PUBL 697PUBL 699Research MethodologyTheory and Practice of Policy AnalysisStatistical AnalysisManaging Public OrganizationsGovernmental BudgetingInternship (non-credit course)Policy Analysis Paper (1 credit)5

Disciplinary Foundations (9 credits)PUBL 601 Political and Social Context of the Policy ProcessPUBL 6xx Inequality and American Public PolicyECON 600 Policy Consequences of Economic Analysis or (if qualifications are met) ECON 601 MicroeconomicAnalysisThe core curriculum ensures shared fundamental education and experience for students. Students may thencomplete their degree with electives chosen in consultation with their adviser. If students wish, they may choose aspecialization, outlined below.Specializations and Elective Courses (12 credits)Students may consult with an adviser concerning courses that will best suit their aspirations. Students may chooseeither a policy specialization or a disciplinary specialization. Each specialization is comprised of required andelective courses, one of which must be a specialization approved statistical/ methodological/analytical course.Policy Specializations (and advisers):Evaluation and Analytical Methods (Jane Lincove, Zoe McLaren)Health Policy (Zoe McLaren, Nancy Miller)Public Management (Lauren Hamilton Edwards, Susan Sterett)Social Policy (including education policy and urban policy) (Pamela R. Bennett, Jane Lincove, John Rennie Short,Susan Sterett)Additional Specializations (and advisers) for Ph.D. students:Economics (Ph.D. only) (Tim Gindling)Emergency Services (Ph.D. only) (Lucy Wilson)Policy History (Ph.D. only) (Daniel Ritschel)Specific requirements for the areas of specialization above are on pages 12-18.Capstone Experiences:M.P.P. Policy Analysis PaperMaster's students will write a policy analysis paper using analytical skills and concepts they have developed incourses. Students will register for PUBL 699 (a one-credit course) during the semester in which they are completingthis requirement. See Individual Student Policy Analysis Paper Guidelines on pages 20-21.Master’s Internship RequirementM.P.P. students without full time public policy work experience will complete an approved internship after their first15 credits. The internship must total 300 hours and can take place during the academic year or in the summer. Theinternship coordinator must give prior approval to any internship a student proposes to use to fulfill the internshiprequirement. Students should enroll in PUBL 697 and the Career Center practicum course during the internship.Once the internship has concluded, the student must write a paper in the form of responses to a series of structuredquestions about the intern experience. The internship requirement will be met when the student enrolls in PUBL697, concludes the 300 hour internship, receives a “pass” for the intern experience paper, and passes the CareerCenter practicum course.6

Students may request a waiver of the internship if they possess two years of full-time public policy experience. Therequest for waiver must describe the student’s work experience, and how it is relevant to the public policy discipline.The waiver request should be submitted no later than 90 days before the beginning of the student’s final semester.The waiver must be approved by the graduate program director. Students requesting a waiver should complete andsubmit the Petition for a Waiver of the Internship Requirement to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Shelley Morris(shelleym@umbc.edu).7

CORE CURRICULUM16 CreditsPublic Policy M.P.P. CurriculumPUBL 603Theory and Practiceof Policy AnalysisPUBL 613Managing PublicOrganizationsPUBL 697Internship(non-creditcourse)PUBL 699Policy AnalysisPaper (1 credit)PUBL 623GovernmentManaging PublicSPECIALIZATION &ELECTIVES12 CreditsDISCIPLINARY FOUNDATIONS9 CreditsMethods courses:PUBL 600PUBL 604ResearchStatisticalMethodologyAnalysisPUBL 601Political andSocial Contextof Policy ProcessPUBL 6xxInequality andAmericanPublic PolicyorSPECIALIZATIONREQUIREDCOURSE 1SPECIALIZATIONSTATS, METHODSOR ANALYSISCOURSEECON 600Policy Conseq.of Econ. AnalysisorSOCY 606Social Inequalityand Social PolicyECON SE 2SPECIALIZATIONREQUIREDCOURSE 38

Ph.D. CurriculumThe Ph.D. curriculum includes 48 credits of coursework, a comprehensive examination course, and a dissertation.The core curriculum consists of six courses (18 credits):Core CurriculumPUBL 600 Research MethodologyPUBL 603 Theory and Practice of Policy AnalysisPUBL 604 Statistical AnalysisPUBL 609 Comprehensive Examination CourseTwo additional research method/quantitative analysis courses appropriate to the student’s specialization such as:PUBL 607 Statistical Applications in Evaluation ResearchPUBL 608 Multivariate RegressionPUBL 611 Causal Inference in Program EvaluationECON 605 Benefit-Cost AnalysisECON 611 Advanced Econometric Analysis ISOCY 619 Qualitative Methods in Social Research or another methodological/analytical course approved by thespecialization adviser.Disciplinary FoundationsAll Ph.D. students must take the following three courses (9 credits):PUBL 601 Political and Social Context of the Policy ProcessPUBL 6xx Inequality and Public PolicyECON 600 Economics Context of Policy Analysis or ECON 601 Microeconomics Analysis.Additionally, nine credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research (PUBL 899) are required each semester, while thestudent is a doctoral candidate. PUBL 899 is a fixed nine-credit course. A minimum of 18 dissertation credits isrequired for the degree.Ph.D. SpecializationsStudents may choose either a policy specialization or a disciplinary specialization from the same list as those forM.P.P. students, with the same advisers. Specializations require five courses (15 credits). Ph.D. students in allspecializations, except the Emergency Services and Policy History, are required to take a relevant economics courseas part of their five specialization courses or two electives.Ph.D. ExaminationIn addition to examinations in particular courses, a Ph.D. comprehensive examination course (PUBL 609) isrequired of all Ph.D. students. Students should consult with their advisers before enrolling in PUBL 609.Comprehensive Examination CourseThe Ph.D. comprehensive examination course (PUBL 609) is a 3-credit doctoral seminar that will culminate in acomprehensive examination paper. The course will provide an overview of philosophical and theoretical foundations9

of academic policy analysis and research. Students will learn to apply theory in their own empirical research and todevelop theory-driven dissertation research questions. The course will be offered each spring semester.Students are eligible to take the comprehensive examination after they have completed the first three courses of thecore curriculum (PUBL 600, PUBL 603, and PUBL 604) and the disciplinary foundation courses (PUBL 601,ECON 600/601, and PUBL 6xx). Enrollment will also be allowed concurrently with the final two courses from thelist above. Students must complete the remaining course or courses in the semester that they enroll in PUBL 609.Doctoral students must take the comprehensive examination course (PUBL 609) no more than two semesters aftercompleting the core and disciplinary foundation courses required for this examination.Grading for this course is pass/fail and based on the comprehensive examination paper. A student who fails thecourse has the right to rewrite the paper once. The student must inform the course instructor and his/her adviser ofthe intent to rewrite the paper within 60 days of receiving a failing grade. The student will have 120 days from thedate his or her failing grade is received to complete and submit the revised paper. A second failure constitutes afailure of the comprehensive examination. Students who fail on the first try will receive a grade of incomplete,which will change to pass or fail based on grading the revision. In the event that a student fails the comprehensiveexamination course, the student must repeat the course.Doctoral DissertationThe distinguishing characteristic of the Ph.D. curriculum is dissertation research. For more information, see theDoctoral Dissertation Handbook on the myUMBC Public Policy Groups page and Blackboard community pages.Awarding terminal MPP degrees to PhD students who withdraw from the PhD programThe department will offer a terminal MPP to PhD students who choose not to complete the PhD under the followingconditions, provided they have completed all requirements for the master’s degree within a five-year period, inaccordance with Graduate School guidelines.a) Terminal MPP with no additional work for PhD students who have completed the PhD coursework andhave passed comps and fields.b) All other PhD students who have not completed the PhD coursework and have not passed comps orfields may apply to the GPD for admission into the MPP. At that time, the GPD will makerecommendations on a case by case basis regarding what , if any, additional work (courses, capstone paper)the student must complete to receive the MPP. The GPD will submit the recommendations to the facultyfor a final decision.All students under both a) and b) above will be held to our MPP internship requirement.(Adopted by the faculty at its regular meeting of September 4, 2019.)10

Public Policy Doctoral CurriculumPUBL 600ResearchMethodologyPUBL 603Theory and Practiceof Policy AnalysisPUBL 604StatisticalAnalysisPUBL 609ComprehensiveExam (Course)GENERALELECTIVES15 CreditsSPECIALIZATION15 CreditsDISCIPLINARY FOUNDATIONS9 CreditsCORE CURRICULUM18 CreditsTwo of the following methods coursesPUBL 607StatisticalApplications inEvaluationResearchPUBL 608MultivariateRegressionPUBL 611Causal InferenceIn ProgramEvaluationECON 605Benefit-CostEvaluationECON 611AdvancedEconometricAnalysis ISOCY 619QualitativeMethods inSocial ResearchPUBL 601Political andSocial Contextof Policy ProcessSOCY 606Social Inequalityand Social PolicyECON 600orEconomicsContext of PolicyAnalysisECON RSE 1SPECIALIZATIONREQUIREDCOURSE 2SPECIALIZATIONELECTIVECOURSE 1SPECIALIZATIONELECTIVECOURSE 2GENERALELECTIVECOURSE 1GENERALELECTIVECOURSE 2SPECIALIZATIONREQUIREDCOURSE 311

POLICY SPECIALIZATIONSStudents may consult with an adviser to craft a course of electives appropriate to their interests. Below arespecializations especially within the expertise of UMBC public policy faculty.EVALUATION and ANALYTICAL METHODSHow do policymakers know if the programs they design and implement are having the effects intended? This is thefocus of the evaluation and analytical methods specialization. Evaluation research involves everything from largescale assessments of the extent to which federal programs affect the quality of life for certain populations, tosmaller-scale analyses of local programs. Students receive training in a variety of analytical methods, includingstatistics, operations research, and benefit-cost evaluation, and apply these skills to public policy and managementissues.Specialization

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Social Work, School of Law, School of Medicine and in the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) School of Public Affairs, School of Education, School of Business Administration, and Urban Studies and Planning Program create a comprehensive opportunity for policy study.

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