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.

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, environmental policy, social policy, labor and employment relations, information technology, international policy, and criminal justice.  For more details on the MPP program and curriculum, visit the Master of Public Policy Degree section of our website.