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Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) provides a comprehensive overview of essential skills required for sound research and data analysis, communication, action, and creative and critical thinking in the area of public policy. The online curriculum is designed to introduce a broad understanding and application of policy that allows a chosen concentration in a focused area such as Cyber, Space, National Security, Environmental, Public Law or Health. Knowledge gained is useful preparation for senior-level management positions in government agencies, corporations, research institutes, advocacy or non-profit organizations, and other associations. Understanding policy at the local, state, and national levels allows better advising and management of risk in these organizations.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. Additionally, all of the courses in this program use Open Educational Resources (OER), meaning that there is no cost for course materials to complete this program. View all courses.

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.
  • 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.

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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.


Environmental Policy

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish the key variables and theoretical frameworks for incorporating economic interests into Distinguish the key variables and theoretical frameworks for incorporating economic interests into environmental policy.
  • Analyze the similarities and differences of specific environmental policies from culturally and geographically diverse areas of the world.
  • Analyze the economics of a specific environmental policy.
  • Critique current policies and evaluate validity of environmental policy as it relates to economic issues and drivers.
  • Analyze an environmental policy’s economic impact both spatially and temporally.
  • Examine the major legal, regulatory, and policy framework that encompasses environmental programs and projects in the United States.
  • Analyze interconnections among environmental policy, laws, and regulations, and between them and environmental management and other disciplines in management, government, science, and engineering.
  • Assess the U.S. role and level of involvement in international environmental policy.


Environmental Economics


Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law


Energy Policy and Sustainability


Environmental Impact Analysis


The National Environmental Policy Act


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).


Public Health in America


Health Policy


Ethical Issues in Public Health


Disaster Health Management


Population-Based Healthcare


Healthcare Systems and Health Policy


Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry


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.


Institutions of National Security


U.S. National Security


National Security and Globalization


National Security and Diplomacy


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.


Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics


Judicial Politics, Process, and Policy Making


Employment Law and Labor Relations


Constitutional Law


Law, Ethics and Cybersecurity


Cybersecurity Policy

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze the national cyber threat landscape and cybersecurity challenges from both external entities and domestic sources.
  • Examine the legal, social, regulatory, ethical, and technical issues related to securing information systems and national critical infrastructures.
  • Compare and contrast the interdisciplinary policies, practices, perspectives and products required to address the cyber threats to our information systems and critical infrastructures..


Emergency Management Perspectives on Cybersecurity


Cyber Intelligence


Cyber Policy and Practice in National Security


Law, Ethics and Cybersecurity


Cyber Ethics: Privacy and Intellectual Property


Space Policy

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Examine the political and commercial significance of major national and international space missions, projects, and operations.
  • Evaluate organizations that are critical to the success of the technological advance of space infrastructure in the United States.
  • Assess the status of space cooperation and diplomacy between various space faring nations.
  • Synthesize space laws and how the governing institutions affect applications such as remote sensing, communications, navigation, launch services, satellite exports, and arms control.


Space Law


Current and Emerging Space Powers


National Space Organization


Space Cooperation and Diplomacy


Space Policy


Space Operations Structure and Design

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

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 APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or

Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate Tuition 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*
through 12/31/2019
$370 | $250 with military grant
effective 1/1/2020**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $325 per credit hour.

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap). See all military student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can 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

APU 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.