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Public Policy


Public Policy (MPP)

Bridge policy with ethics-based problem solving

DePaul’s master’s in Public Policy (MPP) gives you the skills, experience and analytical tools to help shape governmental policies that influence our local, regional and national agendas. You’ll also learn how to advance policies that are beneficial to urban communities and to advocate for those who are marginalized or at risk.
Using an applied, hands-on approach, you’ll focus on

  • Policy design, implementation and analysis
  • Law and public policy
  • Advocacy and lobbying
  • Economic foundations in public service
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Flexible formats for any lifestyle

Courses are offered in the evening on the Loop Campus, and in some cases, online. The program can be completed in two years and one additional quarter (including one summer) by following a schedule of two classes per quarter.

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Chicago: a hub of policy-making

A complex, urban environment is the ideal place to study public policy. It's where you'll see first-hand both problems and solutions to poverty, crime and homelessness. And it's where you'll learn how policy impacts economic development, housing, education and transportation. Here, you'll get hands-on experience with professors, government agencies and nonprofit organizations that are at the forefront of addressing these national issues.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, professional statement, résumé and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete 10 core courses plus three electives.

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More than half of SPS students are enrolled full-time (2017)

Study with industry-leading faculty

Learn from authorities on urban planning and public policy, like Professor Joseph Schwieterman. Schwieterman is a noted expert on the development of cities and transportation, he heads the Chaddick Institute, which advances principles of effective infrastructure, land use, zoning and transportation.

“As a public service professional who deals regularly with power dynamics among and between stakeholders, it is rare for a week to go by that I don't reflect on the ethical compass that DePaul was so influential in honing for me.”

Suellen (MPP ’16)
Urban Communities & Partnerships, Illinois Department of Natural Resources


Alumni Network

You’ll benefit from extensive networking opportunities with DePaul’s strong alumni network, including more than 2,700 School of Public Service alumni. Connect with fellow Master of Public Policy grads, who typically pursue careers in government, non-profit association management and within various nonprofit organizations.
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Jobs in city, county or local government


Jobs in the private sector (research or consulting)


Obtaining further education

Scholarships & Aid

The School of Public Service offers several quarterly scholarship, graduate assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Learn more about the scholarships and opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at(773) 325-7315 or

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