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Master of Public Policy

The MPP is the recognized “industry standard” for those seeking careers in public policy analysis and design. As such, a typical MPP degree emphasizes the analysis of data and other relevant information to enable graduates to assess public problems, develop appropriate policy responses, and evaluate program effectiveness. MPP graduates enter careers as policy analysts, researchers, consultants, program evaluators, and policymakers in a broad range of public and nonprofit settings, ranging from the local to the international, and in the private sector. At Northeastern, the MPP joins our long established and nationally accredited Masters of Public Administration (MPA) as well as our Masters in Urban and Regional Policy (MURP), Urban Informatics, and International Affairs. As such, MPP students will be part of a larger Policy School community of great intellectual and policy area diversity.


Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Policy requires students to complete 39 semester hours (SH). Coursework is structured around nine required core courses plus four electives focused on a particular area of interest or concentration. Full-time students can expect to complete the degree over two academic years (this includes the summer semester); part-time students typically complete the degree in three years. The curriculum is designed to offer methodological rigor, a theoretical framework, and opportunities for applied experiences in optional areas of specialization. The majority of classes are offered in the early evening to accommodate working students.

The MPP Core

The nine required core courses serve as the program’s methodological foundation and cover a wide array of public policy analysis concepts, tools and competencies. Each core course is offered at least once per year on campus; some courses are available online. (Add content)

Beyond the Core

MPP students build an area of subject expertise based on an array of electives offered by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, by other programs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and elsewhere in the University. As experiential learning is a key element of the program, students who enter with fewer than two years of relevant professional experience will be required to complete an internship. Students also have the option to take the internship for credit, in which case the internship must run at least 225 hours. Candidates with relevant professional experience can request a waiver of the internship requirement.

In total, the MPP degree requires 39 semester hours. Current and prospective students should refer to the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog for a description of the Master of Public Policy curriculum.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Beginning in Fall 2018, all Graduate CSSH Masters programs will offer an optional Cooperative Education Experience (“Co-op”) to eligible students.

Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified masters students with six-month research and work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply it outside of the classroom in a variety of environments, and then bring that knowledge and those skills back to our campus learning spaces during the one-credit Experiential Integration course.

To learn more, interested masters students should first meet with their Graduate Program Director to determine eligibility and where co-op will fit within the student’s curriculum.


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Requirements and policies subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Louis DaRos or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.