MScs in Public Policy

Compare 18 MSc Programs in Public Policy

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A Master of Science (MSc) degree can be the perfect way to continue education post-graduation. This degree generally involves intensive research, giving students the hands-on experience necessary for success in the professional world. Earning this degree can widen job prospects or advance existing careers.

What is an MSc in Public Policy? The core classes give students a solid understanding of social science research methods and how to apply them to public policy. Students analyze theoretical, ethical, and practical issues with conducting research, as well as assess existing concepts, approaches, and contemporary advances. Philosophical, quantitative, and qualitative methods of obtaining information are addressed. Pupils have the opportunity to take elective classes to specialize in anything from green politics to feminism. A dissertation is required along with core and optional classes.

The degree provides people with the skills to advance to a PhD program or obtain a variety of different private and public sector jobs. Part-time schooling can help employees become more efficient and competent at their existing jobs, which may lead to promotions in the future. 

The cost of attending a university for an MSc degree differs significantly depending on the school and the country. To find a program that fits a certain budget, students should look at university websites and contact the ones that interest them for specific details on the fees.

Those armed with an MSc in Public Policy can pursue jobs concerning the local and national government. Graduates can also take positions in the fields of public service, foreign policy, and even economics. With a specialized interest, people can work as urban planners, political scientists, legislators, economic advisors, program managers, counterterrorism analysts, and more.

If you want to keep up your education after graduation but have a lot on your plate already, online programs can offer the flexibility and time you need to complete an MSc while maintaining your other responsibilities. Sift through our university listings to find a school that meets your criteria. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

 

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MSc in Public Policy and Human Development

UNU-MERIT
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Maastricht

This Master's programme will enable you to work as a policy designer or policy analyst within the public and private institutions at local, national and international levels. The one-year master's programme is offered as a double degree in collaboration with United Nations University. [+]

Why study Public Policy at UNU-MERIT's School of Governance

• Double-degree diploma (UNU & UM)

• Intensive, multi-disciplinary one-year programme

• Problem-based learning in small groups

• Students from dozens of countries

• Guest lecturers from international organisations

• Career opportunities in multiple sectors

Study global topics and challenges

Public policy issues are growing in complexity and there’s an increasing interconnectedness between local, national and international levels of decision making and implementation. This can be seen in current public policy concerns such as:

• the impact of immigration policies... [-]


Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (Digital Transformation & Analytics Concentration) 21-Month Track

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia
Campus Full time 21 months January 2019 Australia Adelaide

Welcome to the future of public policy practice, a future where long-standing techniques of policy analysis meet the power of big data and new capabilities in policy analytics. Carnegie Mellon University in Australia has designed a new program that combines its rigorous public policy syllabus with its leading-edge courses in information technology and management. [+]

Welcome to the future of public policy practice, a future where long-standing techniques of policy analysis meet the power of big data and new capabilities in policy analytics.

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia has designed a new program that combines its rigorous public policy syllabus with its leading-edge courses in information technology and management.

The availability of massive data sets and of new capabilities for analyzing that data will change the face of public policy formulation and analysis. The winners will be the professionals capable of understanding the generation of big data, its potential and limitations and how to utilise it. These professionals will be capable of using this data to generate evidence-based and predictive policy options; know how to communicate those options, and be able to implement and evaluate them.... [-]


Master of Science in Public Policy and Management 12-Month Track

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years January 2019 Australia Adelaide + 1 more

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) 12-month track is a program tailored for students seeking to assume positions in policy development, implementation and evaluation, and to manage these functions in government, non-profit organizations, international organisations and the private sector. [+]

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) 12-month track is a program tailored for individuals seeking to accelerate their career with a short, focused period of study and assume positions in policy development, implementation and evaluation, and to manage these functions in government, non-profit organizations, international organisations and the private sector.

Customised for experienced professionals, the 12-month program combines a comprehensive public policy and management curriculum with an industry based System Synthesis Project, these real-world components of the program provide you with work-experience and industry knowledge to advance your career and to further differentiate you in the competitive global market.... [-]


Master of Science in Public Policy and Management 21-Month Track

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia
Campus Full time Part time 21 months January 2019 Australia Adelaide + 1 more

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) 21-month track is a program tailored for students seeking to kick-start their career in positions in policy development, implementation and evaluation, and to manage these functions in government, non-profit organizations, international organisations and the private sector. [+]

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) 21-month track is a program tailored for students seeking to boost their career in positions in policy development, implementation and evaluation, and to manage these functions in government, non-profit organizations, international organisations and the private sector.

The program combines a comprehensive public policy and management curriculum with a compulsory 400 hours of internship program and an industry based System Synthesis Project, these real-world components of the program provide you with work-experience and industry knowledge to kick-start your career and differentiate you in the competitive global market.

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MSc Public Policy

University of Bath
Online Part time 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Claverton Down

This specialist MSc in Public Policy offers you the opportunity to delve into how public policy is made, what shapes it, and how you can make a real difference as a policymaker. [+]

Rethink public policy from the ground up in this distance learning course. Explore creative approaches for making and influencing policy design and delivery.

This specialist MSc in Public Policy offers you the opportunity to delve into how public policy is made, what shapes it, and how you can make a real difference as a policymaker.

You will explore the political, economic and social dynamics and forces that influence contemporary public policy issues. This will enable you to think creatively about public policy design and delivery, and your role within it.

Highly applied in nature, the course draws on diverse cases from policymaking globally, as well as from Europe and the UK. You’ll work with academics from the Institute for Policy Research, Department of Social & Policy Sciences and Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies with international expertise in this area, and have links to senior and experienced policymakers from around the world.... [-]


Master of Science in International Policy Management

Kennesaw State University
Online Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Kennesaw + 1 more

The Master of Science in International Policy Management (MSIPM) is a cohort-based online degree program that builds on Kennesaw State University’s strong tradition and long-standing commitment to international education. [+]

The Master of Science in International Policy Management

The Master of Science in International Policy Management (MSIPM) is a cohort-based online degree program that builds on Kennesaw State University’s strong tradition and long-standing commitment to international education. The program prepares future leaders in the private and public sectors to understand the interaction between political and economic dynamics in the global context.

The curriculum offered by the program will enhance understanding of international policy in an interactive collaborative learning environment, whether students are recent college graduates or have experience working in public, private, or nongovernmental organizations. Students will learn how to assess political risk, better understand the regulatory environment in which corporations function, and deal with the cultural nuances inherent to the global negotiation process. The online nature of the program offers flexibility for students to complete an academically solid degree program while continuing current employment, whether working in-state, nationwide or abroad. Additionally, the cohort model builds a learning community for mutual support.... [-]


Master of Science in Public Policy (MPP)

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA San Luis Obispo

The Master of Public Policy degree program (MPP) is open to students who wish to pursue analytic careers in government, non-profit agencies or in businesses subject to government regulations. The MPP program is structured to prepare graduates to work as analysts and as program managers. [+]

About the Program

The Master of Public Policy degree program (MPP) is open to students who wish to pursue analytic careers in government, non-profit agencies or in businesses subject to government regulations. The MPP program is structured to prepare graduates to work as analysts and as program managers.

Core courses in the MPP program cover public policy, policy analysis, quantitative methods, and economic policy.

This is a two-year program for students taking 8 or more units per term. The program consists of 60 approved units (not including courses necessary to compensate for deficiencies). The degree culminates with a two-term seminar focused on analytical projects where students will develop, present, and discuss individual research.... [-]


MSc in Politics and Policy Analysis

University Bocconi
Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Italy Milan

This MSc aims to provide an advanced education in Political Science and the topics of public policy analysis. Students will understand the complex political, economic and social dynamics of the modern world, how national and international institutions deal with them and how to act in such contexts. They will acquire advanced training in the methods of analysis and study of both public policies and the institutions which lead the decision making process. [+]

This MSc aims to provide an advanced education in Political Science and the topics of public policy analysis. Students will understand the complex political, economic and social dynamics of the modern world, how national and international institutions deal with them and how to act in such contexts. They will acquire advanced training in the methods of analysis and study of both public policies and the institutions which lead the decision making process.

Specifically, the program:

Gives students a complete preparation in the two major areas of Political Science (Comparative Politics and International Relations), integrated with knowledge of the role of laws and of the evolution of population dynamics in political contexts Gives a complete preparation with advanced quantitative skills in both theoretical and empirical methods, which will be applied to evaluating public policies, the public sector, the policy decision making process and political dynamics Develops competencies promoting soft skills such as teamwork, the ability to present and discuss effectively, the capacity to think critically and to understand major political and policy-making issues Develops skills through interdisciplinary teaching activities organized into workshops, which foster the understanding of political and social problems from different perspectives. Teaching methods support interaction between faculty and students and among students. ... [-]

Public and Urban Policy (MS)

The New School
Campus Full time Part time 16 - 42 months September 2019 USA New York + 1 more

The New School's Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban and global. Our community of scholars examine today’s urban policy issues in real time and design creative solutions, all while working closely with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. [+]

About

The Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban and global. The New School's community of scholars examine today’s urban policy issues in real time and design creative solutions, all while working closely with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

We give you the opportunity to work on policy analysis in real-world settings, with a focus on social justice. Put theory into practice and apply your analytical and collaborative problem-solving skills as early as your second semester in our Urban Policy Lab. Our areas of specialization allow you to explore emerging fields of study, such as data visualization, global urban futures, food and environment, housing and community development, finance, and capital markets, politics and advocacy, and many others.... [-]


Master of Science in International Public Policy

Queen Mary Online
Online Part time 2 years April 2019 United Kingdom London

Want to advance the public good, influence public policies, and start a career in an international organisation, NGO or private sector? Then this course will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the concepts, stakeholders and processes involved in international public policy. [+]

Want to advance the public good, influence public policies, and start a career in an international organisation, NGO or private sector? Then this course will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the concepts, stakeholders and processes involved in international public policy.

Course Overview

The International Public Policy course can be studied flexibly online at Masters, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), or Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) level.

It combines the specific theories, concepts and cases of public policy with international relations studies to ensure you gain a firm grasp of the decision-making and implementation processes involved in international public policy.... [-]


Master of Science in Science, Technology and Public Policy

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 USA Rochester + 1 more

RIT’s public policy program offers an innovative master of science degree in science, technology, and public policy, with an emphasis on engineering, science, and technology policy. [+]

RIT’s public policy program offers an innovative master of science degree in science, technology, and public policy, with an emphasis on engineering, science, and technology policy. The program builds on RIT’s strengths as a technological university, enabling students to interact with faculty members and researchers who are working on scientific developments and technological innovations that drive new public policy considerations.

The program is interdisciplinary and draws significantly from disciplines and courses of study in RIT’s colleges of Liberal Arts, Business, Science, Engineering, and Applied Science and Technology. The program is geared toward graduates who will make significant contributions in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.... [-]


MSc in Environmental Policy and Planning

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Medford

The M.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning prepares students for careers in policy, science, and research in the environmental sector. [+]

The M.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning prepares students for careers in policy, science, and research in the environmental sector. Offered through the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts, the program prepares the next generation of leaders—‘practical visionaries’—who will contribute to the development and promotion of environmentally sustainable communities.

This degree offers students the opportunity to focus on environmental science, policy, and planning issues that are increasingly relevant in today’s world. Tufts UEP graduate students learn to confront current social and environmental challenges and gain the necessary skill set to work towards effective solutions.... [-]


MSc Public Policy and Management

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The programme aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management and with the tools to apply knowledge to solve problems in the public sector. These competencies and skills are extremely important to cope with the challenges that governments, public sector agencies, NGOs, and businesses face nowadays. From migration to the eradication of poverty, from unemployment to the development of energy power, the many issues that societies encounter call for the capacity to analyze, understand and formulate interventions to bring about improvements to the living conditions of the many. The core modules of this programme will provide you the means to tackle issues of policy-making and implementation, strategy in the public sector, and managing organizational change. [+]

MSc Public Policy and Management

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two or Three calendar years (part-time)

Entry Requirements: Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honors.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

The programme aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management and with the tools to apply knowledge to solve problems in the public sector. These competencies and skills are extremely important to cope with the challenges that governments, public sector agencies, NGOs, and businesses face nowadays. From migration to the eradication of poverty, from unemployment to the development of energy power, the many issues that societies encounter call for the capacity to analyze, understand and formulate interventions to bring about improvements to the living conditions of the many. The core modules of this programme will provide you with the means to tackle issues of policy-making and implementation, strategy in the public sector, and managing organizational change.... [-]


MSc Public Policy and Management (Online)

SOAS University of London
Online Full time Part time 2 - 5 years November 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The programme aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management and with the tools to apply knowledge to solve problems in the public sector. These competencies and skills are extremely important to cope with the challenges that governments, public sector agencies, NGOs and businesses face nowadays. From migration to the eradication of poverty, from unemployment to the development of energy power, the many issues that societies encounter call for the capacity to analyse, understand, and formulate interventions to bring about improvements to the living conditions of the many. The core modules of this programme will provide you with the means to tackle issues of policy-making and implementation, strategy in the public sector, and managing organisational change. [+]

MSc Public Policy and Management

Duration: 2-5 years

Entry Requirements: Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours

Start of programme: November / January / March / May / July

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

The programme aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management and with the tools to apply knowledge to solve problems in the public sector. These competencies and skills are extremely important to cope with the challenges that governments, public sector agencies, NGOs and businesses face nowadays. From migration to the eradication of poverty, from unemployment to the development of energy power, the many issues that societies encounter call for the capacity to analyse, understand, and formulate interventions to bring about improvements to the living conditions of the many. The core modules of this programme will provide you with the means to tackle issues of policy-making and implementation, strategy in the public sector, and managing organisational change.... [-]


Master of Science in Political Science: Public Policy and Governance

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

In the Master’s in Public Policy and Governance, you will learn to critically analyse public policies in often controversial political settings. The programme focuses on both research and practice and links theory and practice by looking into interesting cases and inviting inspiring guest speakers. [+]

In the Master’s in Public Policy and Governance, you will learn to critically analyse public policies in often controversial political settings. The programme focuses on both research and practice and links theory and practice by looking into interesting cases and inviting inspiring guest speakers.

The Public Policy and Governance track prepares students to meet demands for effective and legitimate public action in complex and often controversial political settings. The programme helps students develop as critical analysts and innovative designers by linking research and practice, theory and action on the ‘shop floor’ on the local, national, European, and international levels. Opportunities are provided to study policy work at and across these levels.... [-]