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University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland, College Park
Engineering and Public Policy
1147 Martin Hall
College Park, MD, 20742

Program Link:

Deborah Goodings
Phone: 301-405-1960

Matthias Ruth
Phone: 301-405-6075

The critical issues facing the world today increasingly call for the expertise of engineers. Here and abroad, a new kind of leader is needed–one who can analyze such issues in light of the latest engineering knowledge, evaluate options considering the interests of citizens, industry and government, and ensure that our decisions and our measurements of results are solidly based on the facts.

The Master of Engineering and Public Policy program (MEPP), offered jointly by the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and School of Public Policy, creates such leaders: engineers who understand and appreciate the social context of their work and policy analysts who know engineering sciences.

Graduate Degrees Offered

The program addresses the needs of early-career, mid-career and executive students. A series of core courses are followed by specialization in one of seven major areas of interest, combining Engineering and

  1. Environmental Policy
  2. Energy Policy
  3. Infrastructure Policy
  4. Manufacturing Policy
  5. International Development Policy
  6. National Security Policy
  7. Biotechnology

Students design personalized education plans in conjunction with an advisor and the co-directors of the program. Course schedules are developed to accommodate both full-time students and students balancing their studies with the demands of ongoing careers.

Admissions Requirements

For admission into MEPP, students must hold a B.S. in engineering or a closely aligned technical degree and they must meet the admissions criteria for both the Maryland School of Public Policy and the A. James Clark School of Engineering. The evaluation criteria include overall academic record, GRE scores, strength of letters of recommendation and compatibility of student goals with those of the program. When applying to this program, students should indicate that their application is to MEPP.

International students must also show proof of financial resources sufficient to cover the cost of their education and living expenses for the duration of their program of study, as required by U.S. immigration and visa regulations.

Degree Requirements

MEPP students must successfully complete all courses listed on an Approved Plan of Study with a minimum GPA of 3.0 over all courses and over the “core” courses. The curriculum of the MEPP includes 39 credit hours, customized for the student:

  • Four Public Policy Core Courses:
    • Political Institutions and Leadership
    • Moral Dimensions of Public Policy
    • Microeconomics and Policy Analysis
    • And one of the following:
      •  Finance
      • Public Management and Leadership
  • Four graduate engineering core courses selected to develop technical depth in policy area of interest
  • Three graduate electives in engineering; public policy or other supporting courses selected to enhance the policy area of interest
  • Scholarly practicum (greater than or equal to 400 hours) with a major written report
  • Capstone course (common to all)

Students will be advised in the program by the MEPP co-directors as well as School of Public Policy and Clark School of Engineering MEPP-affiliated faculty in the students’ policy area of interest.

Student Information

Candidates for the Master’s of Engineering and Public Policy must (i) have earned or will earn before enrollment in the program a bachelor’s degree (BS) in engineering or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent in another country, (ii) satisfy the quality standards for admission to the College of Engineering, and (iii) satisfy the quality standards for admission to the School of Public Policy.

Faculty Information

The core faculty in the Masters of Engineering and Public Policy program cover in their research and course offerings the seven specialty areas of this program:

  1. Engineering and Environmental Policy
  2. Engineering and Energy Policy
  3. Engineering and Infrastructure Policy
  4. Engineering and Manufacturing Policy
  5. Engineering and International Development Policy
  6. Engineering and National Security Policy
  7. Engineering and Biotechnology.

All of the faculty have applied their expertise in the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as nationally and internationally – as expert advisors or high-ranked decision makers.

Positions for Graduates

Graduates from this program meet crucial needs in the public, private and non-profit sectors for engineers who understand and appreciate the social context of their work, and for policy analysts who have solid footing in the engineering sciences. This need is particularly strong in the National Capital Region with its high concentration of engineering consulting and technology firms, think-tanks, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Specific examples of organizations with internship and employment opportunities for students include non-governmental agencies, such as The World Bank, the World Health Organization, Resources for the Future, the World Wildlife Federation, and both the International and the American Red Cross; U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; state agencies in Virginia and Maryland, including their Departments of Transportation, and their Departments of the Environment; and private firms, such as Titan Lockheed Martin, Bechtel Engineering, large environmental and infrastructure design engineering firms, and Price-Waterhouse-Coopers.

Financial Information

The Maryland School of Public Policy and the A. James Clark School of Engineering both offer several merit-based financial aid packages that range from graduate assistantships to prestigious named fellowships. Additional funding opportunities are available in the form of Research Assistantships with research centers and individual faculty in the School of Public Policy and the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Other Information

The University of Maryland at College Park is located just inside the Washington, D.C. Beltway-minutes from the public policy center of the nation and, often, of the world. Students benefit from unparalleled opportunities to experience public policy in the making.

MEPP students learn, perform research and advance their careers in close interaction with the leaders involved in policy-making in virtually every sector, including:

  • local, national and international government;
  • federal agencies and think tanks;
  • international aid and investment organizations;
  • professional societies and lobbying organizations;
  • and manufacturing, natural resources, public works and technology firms.

Public policy influences critical decisions at all of these organizations and students are challenged to analyze the complex issues discussed and decided on their doorsteps.



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