public policy, MPP

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program allows students to approach the study of public policy with a focus on public policy in the urban setting.

The MPP program prepares students for professional careers as policy analysts and leaders in public service involved in the formulation, approval, implementation, and evaluation of public policy at all levels of government and in the private and non-profit sectors. It can also serve as a platform for preparation for doctoral studies in public policy, public administration, urban studies, or other related programs. 

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.

program details

The Program of Study is the set of classes that is recognized by ASU, the Graduate College and the School of Public Affairs as sufficient to grant a degree. Programs of Study for the MPP total 42 hours of graduate credit and include core courses and approved electives. In order to graduate, each student must submit an Interactive Program of Study (or iPOS) using an online form once 18 credit hours have been scheduled. The Graduate Advisor will assist students in planning and completing the iPOS.

No more than nine credit hours of graduate courses taken before admission to the School and approved by a student’s supervisory committee can be included in the Program of Study. Students from institutions other than ASU may transfer a maximum of 9 credit hours to their SPA program. Any transfer credit must be approved by the MPA/MPP Director. Students have 6 years from the term of their first MPP class to complete the degree.

concurrent degree offerings:

This degree is also offered as a concurrent degree with: 

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