Public Policy MPP

Learn about the political and institutional contexts in which public policies are developed with the Master of Public Policy in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Explore the processes through which policies are implemented at the federal, state and local levels. The MPP program combines a robust research environment and real-world experience to help students learn the technical and analytical skills needed for successful careers in non-profit organizations, or in the private or public sector. 

Explore the processes through which policies are implemented at the federal, state and local levels, gain practical experience in public and nonprofit sector organizations, and work on projects designed to address policy programs.

Through the Public Policy MPP, you will

  • acquire the experience to navigate bureaucracy and evaluate policies;
  • serve in an approved internship to accrue valuable work experience; and
  • understand the major political forces that influence policy-making, from courts and legislatures to interest groups and public opinions.

This program builds technical and analytical competencies across several areas of focus, including

  • criminal justice,
  • education policy,
  • geographic information systems,
  • health policy,
  • public management,
  • public policy analysis and
  • urban policy.

The program’s dynamic faculty incorporate their professional expertise in the classroom. Many currently serve as budget and finance managers, consultants, leaders of nonprofit organizations, policymakers, and senior policy advisors.

In addition to preparing graduates for roles in government agencies or in private nonprofit organizations, the MPP is also tailored for students who already hold public or private sector positions and are seeking supplemental training and credentials to develop their careers. 

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Our Community

The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field, collaborating with them and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

Program Format & Curriculum

Students have three years to satisfy their requirements for the Public Policy MPP program, which can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. All classes take place on Temple’s campus in Center City, Philadelphia after 5 p.m. 

The 36-credit curriculum comprises core courses, elective courses and an Internship in Public Policy course. 

Core courses include the following. 

  • Bureaucracy and Public Management
  • Economics of the Public Sector
  • Political Statistics I
  • State and Local Budgeting

Learn more about Public Policy MPP program requirements.

Related Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Public Policy / Master of Public Health* (dual degree)

*College of Public Health

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Master of Public Policy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $942.00 per year
Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per year


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