Welcome to the PSU Public Policy Program Website!

The College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State is developing a public policy program, including plans for a Master of Public Policy program (MPP) now under curricular review. The proposed MPP program is to be an on-campus, two-year degree designed to be affiliated with APPAM and to be accredited by NASPAA to take advantage of the considerable substantive policy expertise uniquely available on the University Park campus. The planned MPP program will recruit approximately 30 students per year, with a projected start in fall, 2019. The proposed MPP c ore curriculum is designed to rely on and to reflect the disciplinary expertise of the departments within the College of the Liberal Arts. The policy specialization curriculum will draw heavily – via close collaboration – from existing courses on substantive issue - areas already available both in the College of the Liberal Arts and across the University. These specializations include health policy, criminal justice policy, labor and employment policy , children and family policy, and public policy analysis, as well as several additional tracks being developed.

The first of several new faculty positions in the MPP program will be filled as starting on July 1, 2018.  Dr. Lilliard Richardson will be a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and the inaugural Director of the PSU Public Policy Program.   Christopher Witko will be a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science.  Information on Professor Richardson and Professor Witko can be seen under the Faculty tab on the home page.