Admission

The Master of Public Policy program seeks qualified candidates for graduate education in the analysis and practice of public policy. The program is designed as a 2-year full-time degree (longer if part-time) that prepares ambitious change leaders for a professional career in public policy. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in public policy issues and a clearly-articulated set of professional goals.

The program seeks candidates with at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college who achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework or a minimum 3.1 GPA in graduate coursework. Students who have not completed a college-level statistics course will be expected to complete this prior to entry or in the first year of enrollment. All students for whom English is not the first language must demonstrate language proficiency by a recent TOEFL score of 550. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed a graduate degree at an English language based university. Applicants should also review admissions criteria established by the Office of Graduate Studies.

The MPP program admits students once a year starting in the Fall Term. Only one application is required in order  to apply to the Master of Public Policy program. Faculty begin reviewing applications on January 31 and continue through early July, although applicants are encouarged to apply early in the application cycle. Please contact Dr. Joshua Eastin for more information.

The following materials should be submitted through the application link found on the Office of Graduate Studies website. 

  • Non-refundable $65 application fee (no cash)
  • One transcript from each post-secondary institution attended (both sides need to be uploaded)
  • Statement of Financial Support and Declaration of Finances (if International)
  • International Applicants who currently reside in the United States with an F-1 or J-1 visa must fill out the SEVIS form
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory
  • A 500 word statement of intent. The statement should address the following: 1) Professional goals; 2) Planned area of study (policy specialization); 3) Desired employment sector; 4) How the degree furthers achievement of your professional goals
  • Three recommendation letters from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities. Preferably, two of the three letters should be from former instructors or from individuals with knowledge of your professional performance and potential.
  • A current resume
  • The scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please note that you should make arrangements to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline.

Students in the Master of Public Policy program will choose a policy specialization in the second year of their studies that requires 12 course credits and will be the focus of a summative policy project. The intention is to engage students in in-depth learning about particular issue areas. Students may specialize in one or several policy areas. Emphasis here is placed on developing policy-domain specific knowledge as well as professional networking and experiential application opportunities.