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.

Master of Public Policy Degree Requirements
Semester Hours
Policy Frameworks and Practice Core (15 Semester Hours)
LPSC 6313: Economic Analysis for Law, Policy, and Planning
3 SH
PPUA 6225: Political Institutions and Public Policy (NEW)
3 SH
LPSC 7311: Strategizing Public Policy
3 SH
PPUA 6506: Techniques of Policy Analysis
3 SH
PPUA 7673: Capstone
3 SH
Methods, Statistics, and Applications Core (9 SH)
LPSC 7305 Research and Statistical Methods
3 SH
PPUA 6205 Research Design and Methodology
3 SH
PPUA 6509 Techniques of Program Evaluation
3 SH
Selective Methods and Statistics (3 Semester Hours) Select one of the following:
LPSC 7215: Advanced Quantitative Techniques
3 SH
POLS 7216: Applied Cases in Advanced Quantitative Techniques
3 SH
PPUA 5261: Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Investment and Policy Making
3 SH
PPUA 5263: GIS for Urban Policy
3 SH
PPUA 5262: Big Data for Cities
3 SH
Open Electives (4 courses, 12 Semester Hours) Students take 12 SH in electives; recommended but optional areas of applied specialization currently include law and public policy, sustainability and climate change, urban informatics, and health policy.
Internship Requirement (0 Credit): Students entering the program with less than two years of relevant professional experience will complete an internship of 225 hours. Requests to waive this requirement are subject to approval by the program director.

In total, the MPP degree requires 39 semester hours.

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Information accurate as of Spring 2015. Requirements and policies subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Jennifer Mocarski or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.