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Why Hire SPP Students

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy (SPP) prepares students for careers with lasting impact. Our rigorous curriculum combined with our dedication to professional development makes SPP graduates ideal employees. SPP students develop policy skills to apply across sectors. With today’s global market, our students understand that the lines between domestic and international policy no longer exist. We also stress the importance of collaboration with public, private, and nonprofit organizations to create influential policy makers.

Each SPP student selects a specialized course of study. Our professional development programs emphasize the importance of adapting classroom theories and skills into practical workplace applications. 

An education from the UMD School of Public Policy focuses on developing skills and expertise in many areas outside of our specializations, including:

  • Analysis
  • Conflict and Negotiation
  • Ethics
  • Writing
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Quantitative Skills (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics)

SPP employers relish our students’ ability to hit the ground running and tackle challenging projects. Once an organization hires a SPP graduate, they return to recruit more. The value of our academic and professional training proves itself within the workplace.