Executive Master in Public Policy

The Executive Master in Public Policy (EMPP) degree is designed for mid-career professionals with at least seven years of work experience. This master’s degree program helps prepare those working in government, non-profits, education, law, consulting, and business for advancement in their fields and careers, with a focus on public policy understanding, design, and analysis, as well as politics, management and leadership.

The deadline to submit applications and all accompanying materials for this program has been extended to May 21, 2021.

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The Executive Master in Public Policy (EMPP) degree at Jacksonville University:

real work experience Is only 39 credits and can be completed part-time in two years

three people Exclusive access to community leaders through EMPP Leadership Speaker Series

flag Does not require taking the GRE or GMAT, for those who qualify

up arrow Prepares you for advancement in your career with a focus on policy analysis, management, and leadership

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements for the EMPP include:

  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A completed graduate admission application form.
  • Four required documents:
    • Transcripts – An official transcript and a copy of the transcript from the applicant’s undergraduate degree granting institution and an official transcript for all academic work beyond secondary school, including graduate work, study abroad, and community college courses.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae demonstrating a minimum seven years of work experience, at least five of which are in an administrative, professional, managerial, or leadership capacity.
    • Essay – Statement of Purpose (required) – The Statement of Purpose is a concise essay (750 – 1,000) words on the applicant’s academic and career goals, why the applicant is applying to the EMPP program. Optional Statement (not required) – the JU PPI admissions committee welcomes additional information that an applicant may wish the committee to consider. This optional essay can address the applicant’s personal background, work experience, etc. It is recommended that the optional statement be limited to 1,000 words. There is no penalty for not submitting this statement.
  • All applications and transcripts of undergraduate as well as graduate work must be on file in the Office of Graduate Admission prior to acceptance.
  • Admission to graduate study is granted on an individual basis upon review of the applicant’s entire academic record and the applicant may be asked to have a personal interview with the director of the EMPP program.
  • In addition to the program admission requirements, all international student applicants must meet the JU admissions requirements as outlined under “International Students.” Further, all international students are required to present GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores.
  • Any exceptions to the preceding requirements must be approved by the Director of the EMPP program.

All application materials should be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville University
2800 University Boulevard North
Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394

Veterans Applications – Jacksonville University welcomes applications from veterans to the EMPP program. The EMPP program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.

Admission to Candidacy – A student may be admitted to candidacy for the EMPP degree only if all admission materials have been filed with the Office of Graduate Admission.


The Jacksonville University Executive Master in Public Policy (EMPP) is a 39 credit hour program for mid- career professionals. The EMPP includes core courses, a Capstone Policy Project, and elective courses. EMPP students are required to take PPOL 661 Introduction to Public Administration as one of their elective courses. Students may take one policy oriented course at Florida Coastal School of Law as their other elective course.

Core Courses (27 Credits)

  • PPOL 501, Microeconomics for Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 511, Political Institutions, Processes and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 513, Law and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 521, Statistics and Research Methods in Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 502, Public Finance (3 credits)
  • PPOL 512, Ethics and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPOL 541, Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • PPOL 555, Leading Organizations (3 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • PPOL 610/MGT 610, Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits)
      PPOL 611/MGT 620, Responsible Leadership (3 credits)
      PPOL 612/MGT 630, Teamwork and Organizational Change (3 credits)

Elective Courses (6 Credits)

  • PPOL 661, Introduction to Public Administration
  • Three additional hours of PPOL 600

Capstone Project (6 Credits)

One of the following course sequences:

  • Option 1
    • PPOL 695, Client Policy Project I (3 credits)
    • PPOL 696, Client Policy Project II (3 credits)
  • Option 2
    • PPOL 697, Capstone Research Policy Thesis I (3 credits)
    • PPOL 698, Capstone Research Policy Thesis II (3 credits)
  • Option 3
    • PPOL 699, Capstone Intensive (6 credits)

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