24 months
683 USD/credit 20831 USD/year
683 USD/credit 20831 USD/year
456 USD/credit 13908 USD/year
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The Hatfield School of Government's leading-edge Master of Public Policy degree at Portland State University is designed to meet the growing demand for public policy professionals. 

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The Public Policy degree at Portland State University is built on the disciplinary foundations public policy studies within the fields of political science and public administration.


Nationwide, demand for graduates in public policy has been growing in response to the need for analysts and leaders who can operate within complex policy environments. One survey finds that among recent MPP graduates 30% work for the federal government, 24% for non-profits, 22% for the private sector, and 17% for state and local governments. The students generally find employment within these sectors, as well as in public management agencies, politics and political campaigns, policy advocacy organizations, and international and inter-governmental institutions. 

Candidates seeking to take their careers in public policy-related fields to the next level are encouraged to contact MPP Director, Shane Day at sdd@pdx.edu for further information or to schedule a campus visit.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Policy  
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Policy Tools in Policy Design
  • Seminar in American Political Institutions
  • Policy Analysis Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


61 SCH


On Campus

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General requirements

  • The program requires candidates with at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college who achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework or a minimum 3.1 GPA in graduate coursework. Students are expected to complete a college-level statistics course prior to or at the beginning of their enrollment and to have a functional knowledge of the workings of the American government. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20831 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    20831 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    13908 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 456 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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