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American University Master of Public Policy
American University

Master of Public Policy

Washington, USA

2 Years


Full time

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USD 1,922 / per credit


* for international master's applicants; February 15 - Priority deadline for first-round consideration for Fall merit awards.


Shaping Future Policy

Tomorrow’s policy analysts and change-makers start here. The mission of The Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the AU School of Public Affairs is to prepare students to advance the quality of policy-making in a variety of institutional settings. Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), our program instills a blend of substantive analytical skills and contextual knowledge.

World-Class Instruction, Personalized Attention

Students in the MPP program gain insights from leading policy scholars in education, health, social welfare, the environment, and international development. You’ll learn how to create and evaluate public policy and effectively share that analysis with stakeholders. Our students explore policy analysis in the context of political and policy processes in the U.S. and abroad. They learn to improve policy using sound evidence and evaluations of costs and benefits. Small class sizes help students learn about cutting-edge research tools and apply them to issue areas that matter.

Rich Real-World Experiences

Class time is balanced with experiential learning opportunities. Located in the epicenter of public affairs, where leaders in government and public policy and administration practice their craft, Washington, DC offers unparalleled resources for research, internships, and employment. Campus life is rich with policy talks, conferences, and active student groups. You’ll also find resources and experts at the many academic research centers in the School of Public Affairs, including the Center for Environmental Policy, the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research, and the Metropolitan Policy Center.

Designed for Flexible Learning

AU’s MPP program allows you to align your degree with your career goals. With 11 concentrations, flexible platforms upon which you can form personalized areas of expertise and showcase them on your resume, online portfolios, LinkedIn, and other social media profiles. Most class schedules cater to both full-time and part-time students. Classes start at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays to allow for work and internships.

Position Yourself for Success

Our MPP program will set you up for success in a competitive marketplace. Graduates emerge from the program ready to bring about policy change in the government, non-profit, and private sectors. Whether you want to work locally or globally, the MPP program will arm you with the skills to make important contributions to the world of public policy.


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