Master of Public Policy Degree

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program is designed to provide professional training in public policy for those seeking careers in the design, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of public policies.

The 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.

Current areas of concentration include data/science analytics, environmental policy, health policy, children and family policy, labor and employment relations, information technology, international public policy, 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.


Current concentrations:

  • Data Science/Analytics

  • Criminal Justice

  • Social Policy

  • Environmental Policy
  • Labor and Employment Relations

  • Health Policy

  • Information Technology

  • International Public Policy

Option to design a specialization with Penn State faculty 

Essential Skills:

The curriculum delivers the skills graduates will need as they enter the job market.

  • Policy Analysis

  • Data Analytics

  • Program Evaluation

  • Project and Research Design

  • Communication

  • Project Management

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork


Sample Plan of Study:

[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 43 credit hours (42 credits for working professionals who may be exempt from the internship requirement).

[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.

Email with specific questions regarding curriculum. You can find general descriptions of courses in the University Graduate Course Bulletin

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