12 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree program at Pennsylvania State University is designed to provide professional training in public policy for those seeking careers in the design, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of public policies.


The professional careers students should be prepared for include the full range of careers for which public policy expertise would be valued: national, state, and local government agencies, think tanks and consulting firms, non-­‐profit organizations, and lobby firms and private sector organizations engaged in public affairs representation. 

The core of the Public Policy degree curriculum offered at Pennsylvania State University will provide students with a strong knowledge base relevant to public policy rooted in the social science disciplines of economics, political science, sociology, and industrial psychology housed in the College of the Liberal Arts along with training in quantitative policy analysis and evaluation. And through its specialization course requirements, it will provide students with public policy relevant training across a wide spectrum of substantive public policy areas drawing on expertise found on the University Park campus.

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to lead and manage in public organizations.
  • Students will be able to participate in and contribute to the policy process.
  • Students will be able to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Students will articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  • Students will be able to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Public Policy Process
  • Economic Analysis for Public Policy
  • Public Sector Organization Theory
  • Bureaucracy and the Policy Process
  • Statistics for Public Policy 
  • Managing Public Organizations
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Policy and Program Evaluation
  • Project Design and Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


43 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in public policy and discussing their plans and goals.

Tuition Fee

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    39248 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 39248 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


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