Graduate Degree Programs

The School of Public Policy provides professional training in public policy for those seeking careers in the design, adoption, implementation, and advocacy of public policies.

Leaders Who Will Make an Impact

Our professional master's degree program trains students in the analysis, creation, adoption, implementation, and advocacy of policy. We are teaching tomorrow's leaders to find solutions and implement policies so that they will make a lasting impact. The core curriculum combines substantive knowledge of the policy process and training in quantitative policy analysis with leadership development and the practical application of hands-on experience in the internship and capstone project. 

 

Graduate Programs

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree and the graduate minor complement all undergraduate areas of study and help students translate the skills they’ve learned into meaningful careers with good incomes. Graduates pursue careers at think tanks, nonprofits, as analysts, consultants, and elected officials in local, state, and federal government.

Penn State’s MPP degree provides students with substantive knowledge of the policy process and training in quantitative policy analysis and evaluation through the core curriculum, applied capstone experience, internships, and career placement. Students have the option to select an existing policy specialization or to work with faculty to design a specialization to meet their career goals. Current areas of concentration include data/science analytics, health policy, education policyenvironmental policy, social policy, labor and employment relations, information technology, international policy, gender equity and policy, racial justice and equity, and criminal justice.  For more details on the MPP program and curriculum, visit the Master of Public Policy degree section of our website. 

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