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The Master of Public Policy program is accepting applications for its first cohort of students, who will begin classes in fall 2019.

Admission Requirements

We seek applicants from a variety of undergraduate majors who can bring a diverse set of backgrounds and experience to the classroom.

All applicants must adhere to the following admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent)
  • A GRE or GMAT exam (no minimum score requirement)
  • Generally a 3.0 minimum GPA

How to Apply

The Master of Public Policy degree follows admission procedures outlined by The Graduate School at Penn State. Please visit the Graduate School website to access the application and submit it, along with:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 1500-word personal statement explaining your career goals and how the Master of Public Policy degree will help you achieve them.
  • English proficiency through TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants)

Application Deadlines

Submit a complete application, including all required materials, by March 15 to receive maximum consideration for financial assistance. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after March 15, but financial aid may not be available.

Tuition

Penn State's School of Public Policy master's degree follows the university's tuition and fees schedule, which is approved by Penn State's Board of Trustees.  Tuition for a graduate degree in public policy is comparable to in-state competitors and less than out of state competitors. 

Pennsylvania Residents: 

$21,540/year

Non-Pennsylvania Residents:

$36,974/year

Please visit the Penn State tuition resource website to access complete information about the fee schedule.  Information about financial assistance, work-study, and employment opportunities for graduate students can be found on Penn State's student aid website.