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Governing U is an index of public sector management and policy degrees from universities across the country. It provides a single source for browsing offerings from Master of Public Administration (MPA) , the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Executive MPA and certificate and other professional programs designed specifically for the education needs of working professionals in public service.



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  • Duke University
  • Description

    The Sanford School of Public Policy sprang from the vision and leadership of its founder, Terry Sanford. As President of Duke University, Sanford believed a powerful measure of any great university is its capacity to make its research relevant to real-world problems.

    Sanford knew from his experience as Governor of North Carolina and, later, as a U.S. Senator, that government sorely needed people of passion and purpose. People who cared. People with sharp, analytical minds and the practical skills to transform ideas into policies.

    In 1971, with the help of Professor Joel Fleishman, Sanford launched Duke’s public policy program in order to educate a new kind of pragmatic, ethical leader prepared to contribute in any work sector. An equally important goal was to make it possible for scholars and policymakers to interact with, and learn from, each other. Nearly 40 years later, our public policy program continues to grow in remarkable ways. This maturation led to Sanford becoming Duke’s tenth School in 2009. The change is attracting creative scholars to our faculty, which has grown by 50 percent in the last four years.

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