Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute, established in January 2012, is the first of its kind in Florida, and with faculty approval and support  will offer the first Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree in the state.

Through its faculty, board of advisors and founding director, the Institute is developing a comprehensive public policy program that seeks to educate, train and prepare students to be  leaders  in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It also seeks to provide public policy expertise, collaboration among policymakers and academics, and public discussion on  policy issues that shape the future.

The Institute’s public policy program is focused on students, the community and mid-career professionals. It includes the following:

Academic Program

The Institute, with faculty approval and support, is preparing to offer a Master in Public Policy (MPP) by Fall 2013. The MPP degree is interdisciplinary and will include courses in economics, political science, statistics, quantitative analysis, ethics and leadership, as well as a concentration in specific policy areas. The two-year program includes an internship after the first year of courses and a policy thesis in the second year.

MPP graduates work in the public, non-profit and private sectors and play an important role in shaping the future of the communities in which they live.

The Institute is also working on joint degree programs that will offer an MPP degree and a JD, an MPP and an MBA, and an MPP with either an MS or MA in Marine Science (MSC) degree. For the MPP-JD joint degree, the Institute is working with the Florida Coastal School of law (FCSL). Joint MPP-JD degrees can be obtained in four years. Jacksonville University’s outstanding MBA and Marine Science programs will offer a unique opportunity for an MPP and MBA or MS/MA in MSC degree in three years.

Community Programs

The Institute, through its faculty, graduate students, board of advisors and community partners, will provide policy conferences,  forums and speakers for the community, and bring together policymakers, academics and the public. Some policy conferences may focus on diverse policy issues, while others may focus on a specific public policy issue. Regardless, the conferences will be open to the public and seek to provide collaboration and substantive expertise, education and discussion.

Mid-Career Professional Program

For those already in the work force, the Institute is working on offering executive courses and a curriculum leading to a certificate in public policy. The certificate can provide invaluable education and training for mid-career professionals, public and non-profit employees, elected officials and others in the work force.