Dean’s Welcome

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is pleased to offer a degree program for public sector professionals, the Executive Master of Public Management.

As the nature of government and governance continues to change and evolve, it is essential that our nation's current and future leaders are equipped with the skills and tools needed to craft and implement responsible policies. In order to achieve success and have real impact, today's professionals must excel as policy entrepreneurs while managing within the rules and regulations of the federal government; they must lead staff at all levels to seize the opportunity inherent in change; and, with the blurring of roles among the public, private and non-profit sectors, they must operate effectively not only in their chosen fields, but also across sectors.

A dedicated public professional such as yourself, therefore, requires an educational experience that is at once rigorous, versatile, and comprehensive. Our degree program delivers this experience and provides you with the Capacity, the Capability, and the Clarity to excel as public service leaders. The Executive Master Program provides not only an academically challenging curriculum designed and led by the nationally-ranked faculty of the School, but presents you with a unique opportunity to access and build a valuable network of public, private and non-profit leaders and policy experts through the School's contacts and activities. Mindful of your needs as a busy professional, the Executive Master Program is offered during convenient weekend hours, with classes held at our flagship campus in College Park, MD.

In the pages that follow, we invite you to explore the range of our interests and activities. These activities are linked by our common commitment to make a difference in the world through innovation and with an eye on public sector leadership and management. If you share our vision and wish to expand and sharpen the skills required for successful public service, join us. Plan now to make that difference.

Robert Orr


University of Maryland School of Public Policy