MPP: Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy degree is one of the fastest-growing degree programs in graduate education—internationally, nationally, and regionally. With a focus on the acts of government rather than the practice or theory of government, the Hatfield School's cutting edge program is designed to meet the growing demand for public policy professionals in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

Nationwide, demand for graduates in public policy has been growing in response to the need for analysts and leaders who can operate within complex policy environments. MPP graduates in the U.S. have found employment in a variety of sectors: in 2011-12, 30% worked for the federal government, 24% for non-profits, 22% for the private sector, and 17% for state and local governments as well as international governments and institutions.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is designed as a two-year full time or three- to four-year part-time master's program. Students will undertake training in core competencies in policy analysis and policy advocacy, develop expertise in one of these areas, and build specialized knowledge within a particular policy domain (environment, energy, housing, health, economic development, etc.) A summative policy project and a professional development plan will round out the educational experience.

The MPP program offers two degree tracks: Policy Analysis and Policy Advocacy. Policy analysts create and communicate information that is useful for the policy process. The Policy Analysis degree track covers the analysis of policy problems, including: problem structuring, forecasting, prescription, monitoring and evaluation. Research methods and techniques relevant to these forms of analysis and to their communication are key components of this track. Policy advocates direct policy analysis, identify policy opportunities, formulate strategies, build networks, and lead policy proposals through the policy process. The Policy Advocacy track covers communication, legal reasoning, network-building, policy arguments, problem solving, political feasibility assessments, and public values.

Candidates seeking to take their careers in public policy-related fields to the next level are encouraged to contact MPP Director, Josh Eastin at jeastin@pdx.edu for further information or to schedule a campus visit.