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Master of Public Policy

Students learn analytical techniques and conceptual frameworks for understanding policy issues and identifying potential solutions and applying these skills to real-world issues—especially relating to the needs of cities in the region. Students also gain an understanding of policies addressing issues such as poverty, education, the environment, and public safety.

The MPP program trains people capable of leading by making positive policy decisions, addressing the difficult questions associated with public policy, and managing the process of policy creation, approval, implementation, and evaluation. At the conclusion of the MPP program, students will be able to identify, analyze, and interpret the challenges and dilemmas of public policies, especially those facing urban areas. Students will also be able to approach policy analysis with a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods and be prepared to develop innovative processes and tools to deal with changing realities of public policy and address issues on a global, regional, and local scale.

An Urban Education:


The Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the nation's fastest-growing urban centers. The population of the metropolitan area has increased dramatically in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue. Several factors have contributed to the region’s spectacular growth, including its temperate, dry, sunny climate during much of the year, its recreational opportunities, and its diversified industries. However, with its tremendous growth, comes many challenges. The Master of Public Policy program trains future leaders on how best to address the issues raised by such rapid growth, not just in Phoenix but in urban areas around the world. Students will also get the opportunity to live and learn at ASU's innovative Downtown Phoenix Campus, a vibrant urban environment.



Please stop by our offices located on the 4th floor of the University Center at the Downtown Phoenix campus, call us at 602-496-0450, send us an e-mail, or request that more information be sent to you.

If you are new to ASU and Downtown Phoenix, we encourage you to take a tour of campus - take an online tour or visit campus in-person.


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