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Earning a Master of Public Policy is a great choice for individuals who want to help solve the complicated policy issues facing governments today and strive for a career that can have an impact on the world. Once they graduate with an MA in Public Policy, individuals are equipped to advocate for change on a wide variety of pressing global problems. Many prospective students frequently ask the ques… Read more

Earning a Master of Public Policy is a great choice for individuals who want to help solve the complicated policy issues facing governments today and strive for a career that can have an impact on the world. Once they graduate with an MA in Public Policy, individuals are equipped to advocate for change on a wide variety of pressing global problems.

Many prospective students frequently ask the question, what is an MA in Public Policy? This degree involves examining different political systems, societies and economies, in order to understand and help fix the issues facing governments, nonprofits and private sector corporations. Many institutions have programs that cover the same broad subjects like financial management, political institutions and policy processes, but many students focus on a sub-specialty. Some options include international affairs, ethical decision making, U.S. law and justice, and social and environmental policy.

A public policy degree is beneficial for anyone interested in career advancement in government, non-profit or business policy. There are a wide variety of course options from which to choose and a degree can set one apart from other job applicants. In some cases, a degree in public policy may be a prerequisite for a specific job.

Many institutions around the globe offer public policy programs, and the costs can widely vary. Anyone interested in pursuing an MA in Public Policy should contact the specific schools about their course fees and registration costs.

People who graduate with a Master of Public Policy can find work in many places. A policy analyst is one option. Other career paths include an economic advisor, legislator, urban planner, city manager and counterterrorism consultant. Some graduates also choose to teach or do research.

Interested candidates should research their options using our vast database as a great place to start. There are a number of high-quality online degrees that may be a perfect fit for students who require flexibility. Search for your program below and contact directly the admissions office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead in form. 

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University of Wroclaw
Wrocław, Poland

The Institute of Political Science at the University of Wrocław is one of the biggest and the most dynamic centers of political science research in Poland. Since 2008 the Inst ... +

The Institute of Political Science at the University of Wrocław is one of the biggest and the most dynamic centers of political science research in Poland. Since 2008 the Institute has developed also curricula in English. Both international and Polish candidates can join the study program and obtain the title of Master in Political Science. MA study program consists of four semesters: one semester with a common program for all students and three semesters with specializations courses. One of three semesters is designed as a semester of mobility arranged within ERASMUS+ at one of the Partner Universities abroad. 5 specializations are available: Public Policy, Political Communication, Public Administration, Democracy and Development in Europe and Caucasus, Central and East European Studies. -
MA
Full-time
2 - 4 semesters
English
01 Oct 2022
31 Aug 2022
Campus
 
University of Leeds, Faculty of Social Sciences
Leeds, United Kingdom

This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain an insight into policy making and its social impacts on individuals and comm ... +

This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain an insight into policy making and its social impacts on individuals and communities. Core modules explore social theories, issues and research methods relevant to social policy and welfare. You will develop core skills in critical policy analysis and policy evaluation. There are also opportunities to study and debate current policy issues, such as work and welfare, child and family policy or the challenges of ageing populations, with a focus on real-life examples. Supported by our well-known research centres and taught by expert tutors, you’ll tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. With a range of optional modules to choose from, you could pursue further advanced research skills or study complementary social topics such as disability studies, gender studies, racism and ethnicity studies, or globalisation. You’ll gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex social issues affecting governments worldwide. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Lugano, Switzerland

The Master in Public Management and Policy is offered by the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università della Svizzera Italiana, USI, sit ... +

The Master in Public Management and Policy is offered by the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università della Svizzera Italiana, USI, situated in Lugano and is promoted by the Swiss Public Administration Network (SPAN). This full-time study program comprises 120 ECTS, for a usual duration of 2 years. The public sector has radically changed in recent years and creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities that require new appropriately qualified professionals. The variety of abilities, skills, and knowledge required by anyone wishing to occupy a position of responsibility and promote change in the public and in the private nonprofit sector are exactly what the Master in Public Management and Policy offers. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English, Italian
Sep 2022
Campus
 

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Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Maastricht, Netherlands

Public Policy and Administration examines the notoriously complex and dynamic workings of the EU. From agenda setting and decision making to policy implementation and evaluati ... +

Public Policy and Administration examines the notoriously complex and dynamic workings of the EU. From agenda setting and decision making to policy implementation and evaluation, from how power and influence work in Brussels to how EU policies are applied in the member states – this specialization gives you a behind-the-scenes look at each step in the process of EU policymaking and governance. -
MA
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2022
01 Jun 2022
Campus
 
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, USA

Lehigh University's Environmental Policy program is structured to give students significant flexibility in their coursework, the opportunity to receive additional certificatio ... +

Lehigh University's Environmental Policy program is structured to give students significant flexibility in their coursework, the opportunity to receive additional certification in five subject areas, and the ability to complement classroom learning with more in-depth research (by completing a thesis) or practical experience (through on- and off-campus internships). -
MA
Full-time
18 months
English
Aug 2022
Campus
 
University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Policymaking is becoming an increasingly complex process in the 21st Century. The context in which we make policy is radically changing, alongside the nature of the issues pol ... +

Policymaking is becoming an increasingly complex process in the 21st Century. The context in which we make policy is radically changing, alongside the nature of the issues policymakers are required to address. Traditional models of policymaking are facing challenges from below, through the drive to devolution, and from above, as supranational forms of governance continue to evolve. Alongside, these developments, social issues, such as pollution, crime, and migration, increasingly transcend national boundaries, to present further challenges to policymakers. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
31 Aug 2022
Campus
 
Kaunas University of Technology
Kaunas, Lithuania

Being overwhelmed by many security issues in public policy, it is more important than ever to understand this dynamic process, to be able to assess emerging risks, threats, an ... +

Being overwhelmed by many security issues in public policy, it is more important than ever to understand this dynamic process, to be able to assess emerging risks, threats, and their management mechanisms. -
MA
Full-time
18 months
English
01 Sep 2022
31 Jul 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey

Joint Masters Program in Public Policy provides rigorous training in the analytical frameworks and methods required in the study of public policy. It’s ideal for those wanting ... +

Joint Masters Program in Public Policy provides rigorous training in the analytical frameworks and methods required in the study of public policy. It’s ideal for those wanting professional skills to become a policy practitioner, analyst. You’ll explore the various methodological tools and their connections to real-world problems facing governments and related organizations. -
MA
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Campus
 
Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

The MA in Public Policy gives dynamic, high-level training in the study of public policy and policymaking at international, national and sub-state levels.

The MA in Public Policy gives dynamic, high-level training in the study of public policy and policymaking at international, national and sub-state levels. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Corvinus University of Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

This master’s program will introduce students to the theory and practice of family policies and public policies for human development. Students will learn to adopt an interdis ... +

This master’s program will introduce students to the theory and practice of family policies and public policies for human development. Students will learn to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to address complex socio-economic problems concerning the lives of families, such as a rapidly aging population and decreasing fertility trends. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Claremont Graduate University School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation
Claremont, USA

The Master of Arts in Public Policy & Evaluation (MAPPE) is a joint program offered by the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE) and the Division of Behavioral & ... +

The Master of Arts in Public Policy & Evaluation (MAPPE) is a joint program offered by the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE) and the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences (DBOS) that combines two highly complementary domains—public policy and evaluation—which are often taught and learned separately. The program places a strong emphasis on the politics of outcome evaluation; you’ll develop an understanding of stakeholder and constituent roles in evaluation, empowerment aspects, and the ethical requirements of a policy analyst and evaluator. The program allows considerable flexibility to construct a degree that builds important skills for a range of careers, especially in nonprofit or governmental settings. -
MA
English
 
University of Washington Bothell
Bothell, USA

Founded in 2001, the Master of Arts in Policy Studies is designed for a small cohort of students who seek to become agents of change through policy analysis, research, and imp ... +

Founded in 2001, the Master of Arts in Policy Studies is designed for a small cohort of students who seek to become agents of change through policy analysis, research, and implementation. The policy studies curriculum enables students to develop foundational skills in policy analysis and to apply those skills in policy arenas ranging from health care and the environment to labor and human rights. -
MA
English
 
Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

CGU’s Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) degree begins and ends with purpose. As an MPP student, you’ll benefit from an emphasis on social justice and human flourishing, transdis ... +

CGU’s Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) degree begins and ends with purpose. As an MPP student, you’ll benefit from an emphasis on social justice and human flourishing, transdisciplinary, a customizable curriculum that aligns with your passions, and proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area—a living laboratory of social and economic issues. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
 
SUNY Empire State College

The 30-credit Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy program draws students who are committed to social change, are open and often experienced.

The 30-credit Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy program draws students who are committed to social change, are open and often experienced. -
MA
Part-time
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, USA

Our Master of Arts in Politics and Policy combines coursework, professional development, and independent research to build skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis; gra ... +

Our Master of Arts in Politics and Policy combines coursework, professional development, and independent research to build skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis; grant writing; and analysis of complex policy environments. We prepare students to address normative political questions; apply advanced statistical methods to policy analysis, and network in political and non-profit sectors. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
Campus