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The MPP concentration in environmental policy prepares students at the master's degree level to apply sustainability principles and approaches to careers in a variety of fields that address environmental and, inevitably, human challenges. Students acquire the knowledge base and skills to bring sustainability solutions to corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. The concentration program begins by building a foundation in environmental policy and theory through the core coursework, followed by electives that develop and deepen student expertise in specific areas and issues. The program is uniquely positioned to allow students to build careers in public policy analysis and administration, international development and nonprofit organizations.

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Do you aspire to influence public policy analysis? You can align your public policy degree with your goals through this concentration that prepares you to make policy decisions using analytics. This degree program is currently ranked No.14 by U.S. News and World Report.

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The MPP program allows students to approach the study of public policy with a focus on public policy in the urban setting. The master's degree program in public policy 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 nonprofit sectors. The program can also serve as a platform for preparation for doctoral studies in public policy, public administration, urban studies and other related programs.

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

The program trains people to lead 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 master's degree program, students are able to identify, analyze and interpret the challenges and dilemmas of public policies, especially those of urban areas. Students also are 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.

The concentration in environmental policy prepares students at the master's degree level to apply sustainability principles and approaches to careers in a variety of fields that address environmental and, inevitably, human challenges. Students acquire the knowledge base and skills to bring sustainability solutions to corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. The concentration program begins by building a foundation in environmental policy and theory through the core coursework, followed by electives that develop and deepen student expertise in specific areas and issues. The program is uniquely positioned to allow students to build careers in public policy analysis and administration, international development and nonprofit organizations

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Public Policy (Environmental Policy), MPP

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution. Related fields include political science, sustainability, planning, business, urban and metropolitan studies and other social science disciplines, although the department may accept applicants with undergraduate degrees from all educational backgrounds provided the minimum requirements for the degree program are met.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. verbal, quantitative and analytical scores on the GRE (institution code: 4007)
  4. three letters of recommendation
  5. written statement
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. Additional requirements for international students are at https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate-apply.

At least two of the three letters of recommendation should be from faculty or other academic staff who can evaluate applicant's academic performance.

The written statement should be one to two pages in length and describe the applicant's educational and career goals. This statement is also used as a sample of the applicant's writing abilities.

Applicants also may submit a resume or other documents.

Fees increase after the deadline.

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