Public policy expertise is in high demand and a public policy degree is highly valued by employers in a variety of sectors.
- National, state, and local government
- Think tanks and consulting firms
- Non-profit organizations
- Lobbying firms
- Additional private-sector organizations that work with government
Penn State’s Master of Public Policy degree is designed to train individuals to work in public policy organizations by providing expertise in data and policy analysis, program evaluation, knowledge of the policy process and the opportunity to develop expertise in a substantive policy area.
Our current areas of concentration include data analytics, health policy, children and family policy, labor and employment relations, and criminal justice. The flexibility of Penn State’s MPP program allows students to choose an existing specialization or design a specialization that draws on the expertise of faculty from across the University Park campus.
Salary ranges for master of public policy graduates vary on sector and position. Salaries in leadership roles range from $93,000 – $176,000, with the average management public policy role salary at $132,000 as of October 2020 according to salary.com. According to Prodigy Finance, master of public policy graduates make approximately $19,000 more per year than those with just a bachelor’s degree, making the MPP program a sound investment. Bankrate also ranked the public policy degree among the top 15 most valuable majors.
MPP Career Placements
- Amazon Prime
- Virginia Department of Health
- General Services Administration (GSA)
- Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
- Prince George’s County Executive Office at Prince George’s County, Maryland
- Amazon Logistics
- Penn State
- Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
All Penn State Master of Public Policy students must complete an internship as part of the program. Our team, along with Penn State’s career services staff, will work with students to find an internship that meets their professional goals and will provide relevant hands-on experience in public policy.
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
- United States Fish and Wildlife Service
- Virginia Department of Health COVID Response Team
- Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
- College of the Liberal Arts Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship
- Correctional Association of New York (CANY)
- Pennsylvania Population Network (PPN)
- Data Foundation
- Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations
- South Carolina Centers of Excellence: ASPIRE, funded by the South Carolina Commission for Higher Education
- Raza Development Fund
- The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development
- Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 Project
- Republican Party of Pennsylvania