Public Policy, MPP

 2018 - 2019 MPA/MPP information sessions

The ASU School of Public Affairs hosts information sessions at the ASU Downtown campus to provide information about the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Information sessions will be conducted on:

    Times and locations for all sessions are 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the University Center (UCENT) building, room 480A.

    During the Information sessions, ASU’s School of Public Affairs’ faculty and academic advisor will  discuss the value of an MPA/MPP degree, courses offered, admissions, application procedures, tuition cost, financial aid, scholarships, and internship opportunities. A current MPA or MPP student will also be in attendance to offer the student perspective and answer questions. 

    If you cannot attend but would like to learn more about the MPA or MPP programs, please schedule an in-person or phone appointment with Mark Reed, the School of Public Affair's graduate academic advisor by calling 602.496.0450. Questions are welcomed via email too. Email Mr. Reed at The Information Session Powerpoint presentation (in pdf format) is here.

    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. 

    Listed as one of the best MPA programs by US News & World Reportthe School of Public Affairs at ASU is ranked 9th overall in the country. The school is also ranked:

    • 2nd in Local Government Management
    • 3rd in Homeland /National Security and Emergency Management 
    • 4th in Information and Technology Management
    • 5th in Urban Policy
    • 7th Public Management and Leadership
    • 8th in Environmental Policy and Management
    • 9th in Nonprofit Management
    • 10th in Public Finance and Budgeting
    • 12th in Public Policy Analysis

    Rankings of master’s programs are based on a survey of 272 programs nationwide.

    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

    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, concentration courses (if applicable), and approved electives. Students have 6 years from the term of their first class to complete the degree.

    No more than 12 credit hours of graduate courses taken before admission to the School and can be included in the Program of Study. Students from institutions other than ASU may transfer a maximum of 12 credit hours to the MPP degree program, provided those classes were not used to satisfy requirements for another degree earned. All transfer credit must be approved by the MPA/MPP Director. 

    More information is available in the Graduate Student Guide.


    Approximate cost per year for tuition and fees (full-time) is:

    • $14K - resident
    • $24K - nonresident
    • $28K - international

    To view the source of this cost information, and to inquire about the cost of part-time status, try our tuition estimator - - using the following values:

    • My Student Status: Graduate
    • My Location: Downtown Phoenix
    • My College:  Public Service and Community Solutions
    • Academic Programs with Differential or Program Tuition: Public Policy, Master of

    Program Fees:  Every ASU graduate degree program has a “program fee” assessed for students in that program. These fees vary for each program. The more competitive/highly ranked a degree program, the higher the fee. The MPA/MPP degrees charge a program fee of $5,000, split among the first three semesters of the student’s coursework regardless of the number of credits taken in that semester. These fees cannot be waived.

    Modes of instruction:

    Classes for the MPP degree are taught in the following modes:

    • in-person: one evening per week, 6 - 8:45pm
    • iCourses (internet)
    • weekend-intensive format

    Each semester, MPP courses are taught in one or more of these formats. The MPP degree is not an ASU Online degree, but students seeking an online experience will find most core courses offered online each year. Careful class scheduling in consultation with the graduate academic advisor will ensure timely graduation. Please note: some classes are offered in the fall or spring only.

    Minimum Competencies

    Students must demonstrate minimum competency in (1) statistics and (2) American Government. These competencies are demonstrated by having taken a basic statistics course and American government-related course (earning a B or higher) any time in the past. These competencies do not need to be met to be admitted, but students admitted to the MPA or MPP program who have not satisfied one or both competencies will be required to take related classes by the end of their first semester of study. These classes can be taken at ASU or another college before starting the graduate program or during the first semester after being admitted. Again, both courses could have been taken any time in the past, however, for statistics, use your best judgment. If it's been 10 years since your statistics course, you may want to take a refresher course or engage in self-study to prepare for your first MPA/MPP research course, PAF 501 - Public Service Research I.

    Statistics – Competency in statistics is met with a grade of B or higher in one of the approved ASU courses:  PAF 301, POS 401, PSY 230, QBA 221, SWU 321, ECN 221, STP 226 or SOC 390. If you plan to take a course at a local Maricopa community college, the following course is recommended:  PSY 230. Other courses taken at ASU or another college/university may be substituted upon approval of the MPA/MPP Director. Please email a course description to the School of Public Affairs graduate academic advisor, Mark Reed - 

    American Government – Competency in American government is a demonstrated understanding of major institutions of modern government and processes of individual and group political activity. This competency is met with a grade of B or higher in one of the approved ASU courses: PAF 200, PAF 300, PAF 340, POS 110 or POS 310. If you plan to take a course at a local Maricopa community college, the following course is recommended:  POS 110. Other courses taken at ASU or another college may be substituted upon approval of the MPA/MPP Director. Please email a course description to the School of Public Affairs graduate academic advisor, Mark Reed - 

    The CLEP Exam can be used to demonstrate competency in American government. Find out more about the CLEP or about taking the test at ASU.


    The MPA and MPP degrees require students to demonstrate competency for public service or public policy by synthesizing and applying core knowledge, skills and abilities to public problems. Students demonstrate competency by earning an A or B in the program capstone course. The capstone is an applied project course taken after completing all core courses.


    A public service internship is recommended for students without previous work experience in the government or non-profit sector, however, an internship is not required to graduate with an MPA or MPP. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with practical and professional experience in a specific career area. Students work for public organizations applying the skills and knowledge acquired in their program of study. During an internship, students can develop a professional network that will aid them in their career endeavors. Students can use three hours of internship credit to the degree program by taking PAF 584.