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Master of Public Policy and Administration

The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) degree program provides an accessible, flexible, and high-quality interdisciplinary graduate education that prepares students for, or advances them in, careers in leadership and management in public service or non-profit administration. The MPPA provides students with three specific track options in order to tailor the degree to specific student interests and/or needs. These tracks are: Generalist, Public Management, and Public Policy.

The Generalist Track is a tailored mix of courses. The Public Management Track emphasizes the fundamentals of Public Administration. The Public Policy Track stresses the interdisciplinary nature of policy analysis.

Degree Requirements

MPPA students will choose one of three tracks for the MPPA degree: Generalist, Public Management, or Public Policy. Students are required to take 36 credit hours in the program. Thirty-three credit hours will be within the MPPA core and degree tracks.  In addition, students must complete either a thesis or a professional report in order to fulfill the requirements for the MPPA degree program.

Admission

Admissions decisions are based on a combination of your undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, work history and an essay describing your academic goals and interests. GRE scores are required unless you have a graduate degree or verified work experience in the public or nonprofit sector.

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Career Possibilities

The MPPA degree will prepare graduates to become managers or analysts at all levels of government – local, state, federal, and international – and in domestic non-profit organizations or international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).  In governments, graduates work as managers and analysts in executive agencies, as staff members for legislatures, and as court administrators.  

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