Public Policy

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) provides training in policy analysis and program evaluation, with a focus on the decision-making process. This master’s degree is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of essential leadership skills required for sound research and data analysis, judgment, communication, action, and creative and critical thinking. This online master’s program helps prepare you to solve real-world problems at local, state, and national levels. Knowledge gained is useful preparation for senior-level management positions in government agencies, corporations, research institutes, advocacy or non-profit organizations, and other associations where the ability to analyze and evaluate information is a required skill.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online master’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Policy making and governance
  • Digital government, electronic services policies, and tools
  • Report writing and presentations in the public sector
  • Laws, regulations, and public policy initiatives
  • Public policy formation, implementation and evaluation
  • Domestic economic policy and the global economy

The public policy capstone seminar will be your culminating requirement to earn this degree. The capstone seminar is a graduate-level thesis that must show your proficiency in the subject matter and mastery of program objectives.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve program specific learning outcomes and be able to:

  • Evaluate the multi-disciplinary nature of the major theories underlying the discipline of public policy.
  • Extrapolate the processes by which public policies are designed, implemented, and evaluated.
  • Implement a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to the study of public policy issues.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing (or the impact of proposed) public policies.
  • Demonstrate appropriate analytical skills to contemporary policy issues.
  • Design public policies to solve strategic or social problems.
  • Deconstruct contemporary policy case studies using an ethical framework.
  • Communicate policy recommendations to diverse audiences.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Environmental Policy

Studies the interplay between economic and political factors and their impact on the environment, and reviews existing paradigms for environmental planning, analysis, and management. Topics include: incorporating economic interests into environmental policy; the U.S. role in international environmental policy; and the major legal, regulatory, and policy framework that encompasses American environmental programs and projects.

Sample Courses

  • EVSP502 - Environmental Economics
  • EVSP503 - Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
  • EVSP605 - Energy Policy and Sustainability
  • EVSP620 - Political Ecology
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Health Policy

Relays how healthcare policy experts are needed to understand, translate, and explain massive healthcare legislation. Explores the effectiveness of healthcare delivery systems, while examining the social, behavioral, environmental, and biological factors that contribute to specific individual and community health outcomes. Topics also include Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP).

Sample Courses

  • PBHE501 - Public Health in America
  • PBHE502 - Health Policy
  • PBHE606 - Disaster Health Management
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National Security Policy

Examines the foundations of U.S. national security policies from the end of World War II through the Cold War, and looks at the effectiveness of national security strategies available to the U.S. Topics include: the use of diplomacy to implement states’ national security strategies; the historical practice of diplomacy; and conflicting and competing interests and their impact on national security policy development.

Sample Courses

  • NSEC501 - Institutions of National Security
  • NSEC503 - U.S. National Security
  • NSEC612 - National Security and Diplomacy
  • NSEC620 - Foundations in Military Strategy and National Security Policy
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Public Policy and the Law

Covers ethics, contractual obligations, procedural due process, and new developments in security and the law. Topics include: the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution; laws and policies related to cybersecurity, including litigation and intellectual property; constitutional law in the areas of judicial, legislative, and executive powers; federalism; national and state regulation of commerce; and property rights.

Sample Courses

  • LSTD517 - Law, Ethics and Cybersecurity
  • LSTD508 - Contract Law
  • LSTD510 - Constitutional Law
  • POLS640 - Judicial Politics, Process, and Policy Making

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.