MPP students who are not enrolled in a joint degree program must specify a concentration and course of study, approved by a faculty adviser from the relevant field. The faculty adviser must confirm that the proposed courses likely will be available, or that suitable alternatives exist in the event that a given course is unexpectedly withdrawn. The Registrar will list your concentration as a "Degree Subplan." Subplans are printed on the transcript and diploma. To declare you subplan, please fill out the e-form on Axess: Declaration or Change to a Field of Study Form.
The concentration curriculum assumes completion of all MPP core courses. All concentration units must be 100-level or above and courses must be completed for a letter grade.
A list of graduate level gateway and elective concentration courses may be found in the Stanford Bulletin. Note that this is not an exhaustive list, students may select other courses for their concentration with the approval of their faculty adviser.
Current concentrations include:
- Computational Policy
- Education Policy
- Health Care Policy
- International and National Security Policy
- Legal and Regulatory Intervention
- Political and Moral Philosophy
- Resources, Environment, and Energy Policy
- Science and Technology Policy
- Self-designed (requires detailed statement of study goals, relationship of each proposed course to those goals, and commitment by a supervising faculty member)
- Urban Policy