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Public Policy

Mills College

24 months
1337 USD/credit 26071 USD/year
1337 USD/credit 26071 USD/year
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Turn your passion into effective action. The Public Policy program at Mills College will provide you with the analytical tools and access to innovative policy makers that will enable you to make a lasting impact.


About the Program

The Public Policy program at Mills College imparts the skills and perspectives required to formulate, implement, evaluate, and advocate on behalf of public policies. This two-year professional degree program integrates two levels of course work, providing a strong analytic foundation and advanced professional training. You’ll learn how to assess public problems; develop creative solutions that are efficient, equitable, and feasible; navigate ethics, law, and politics; and implement ideas. The MPP Degree will prepare you for public policy leadership and analysis in government, politics, and nonprofit organizations.

What Can I Do with an MPP from Mills?

Public policy graduates go on to become leaders of cities, regions, and states. They win elections, manage legislative agendas, and develop regulatory frameworks. They direct nonprofits and cross-sectoral organizations that invest in change. They solve Bay Area housing, traffic and transportation, workforce, and income inequality issues. They lead new social and political enterprises that are changing political outcomes. In recent years, Mills MPP graduates have found success in positions such as:

  • Corporate Responsibility Lead
  • Advocacy Manager
  • Planning Advisor
  • Policy Manager
  • City Councilmember
  • Lead Analyst for Civic Technology and Engagement
  • Transportation Planner
  • Management Analyst
  • Policy Researcher and Analyst
  • Land Use Policy Director
  • Director of Evaluation and Learning

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Public Policy and Economic Analysis
  • Economics for Managers
  • Statistics
  • Organizational Efficacy
  • Political Efficacy
  • Local and Community Policy Making, Planning, and Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Mills application online and submit the $50 application fee.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • We ask that you send us official transcripts (with grades) from the college or university from which you earned your bachelor's degree. Students who earned their bachelor's degree outside of the United States will need to have their transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • English Proficiency.
  • Resume.
  • Students applying to the Lokey School may be invited to interview with the Mills Admissions Committee in person or by phone or video call.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26071 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1337 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    26071 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1337 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Oakland

1055 - 1962 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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