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Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree emphasizes field-based learning in public service to develop effective leaders in nonprofit and government professions. Students will develop public policy and leadership skills in the community. The degree stresses ethics, problem-solving and research skills, and the ability to implement public policy with compassion for marginalized communities and service to all people with accountability, justice, professionalism, sensitivity, and transparency.

The program stresses:

  • Ethics
  • Problem-solving
  • Research skills
  • Public policy implementation

Real-World Experience

The MPP program blends in-depth study with practical experience to meet your professional goals. As a result, every course in the program integrates field study.

Program Highlights

Comparative outlook. Electives will allow you to compare policy issues in other cities through one- and two-week intensive courses.

Study abroad. You will be required to take at least one intensive course abroad. SPS offers programs in Columbia, Cuba, Ireland, Kenya and India. These unique one- to two-week study abroad trips allow both full-time and part-time students to participate.

Digital portfolio requirement. You will assemble an electronic portfolio for your area of specialization, featuring notable papers and projects. These portfolios, reviewed by a member of the faculty, provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate expertise and support your career goals.

Program Length

To graduate, you must successfully complete a minimum of 52 credit hours of graduate credit. Each course carries four credit hours. Electives account for 16 credit hours.

The length of time to complete the program varies. Some students pursuing the degree full-time (two courses per quarter) finish in two years. Others take one course a quarter and complete their program requirements in three to four years. Students often switch between full and part time status throughout their academic, dependent on their personal and professional duties.

Program Participants

There are currently 24 students enrolled in the program.

Certificate Options

The MPP may also be expanded to include select graduate certificates. The combined programs require either the completion of additional coursework or careful elective selection to fulfill all requirements. Certificates are available in:

  • Community Development
  • Metro Planning and Development

If you're interested in a certificate combination with MPP, a separate application process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.