The curriculum of the Penn State Master of Public Policy is designed to provide essential policy process knowledge and cutting-edge analytic skills from MPP program faculty in the core courses.

In the electives and policy specializations, we partner with the other centers of excellence on campus in the social sciences, sciences and engineering, and data analytics to provide further analytic and substantive policy area expertise.  Penn State’s recognized excellence in a range of disciplines creates opportunities for students to become experts in a wide array of analytic techniques and substantive areas that can be matched by few other universities.

Current concentrations:

  • Data Analytics
  • Children and Family Policy
  • Labor and Employment Relations
  • Health Policy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Option to design a specialization with Penn State faculty. 


[1]All courses, including the capstone/thesis project are 3 credits with the exception of the summer public policy internship (1 credit).  The MPP program as a whole is 49 credit hours.

[2] Students are required to take four policy specialization courses. Generally, these will be drawn from other programs on campus. However, MPP faculty may also teach courses on substantive public policy issues or methods of policy analysis as PPOL 897: Special Topics in Public Policy.