FAQs: MS in Public Policy

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What is the typical schedule of an MS in Public Policy student?

During the first semester, most courses are offered during the daytime, though you may choose electives that meet in the evening or on Saturday. There is more variability in the spring semester, due to internship schedules and a greater number of electives.

How is the MS in Public Policy different from the MPA with a specialization in Policy?

The MSPP degree is a rigorous, focused, skills-oriented program geared toward students who want to pursue a career in policy analysis. The program teaches you to analyze, evaluate, communicate, and solve critical policy challenges using quantitative tools heavily rooted in economics, statistical analysis, and writing.

What kind of job can I get with an MS in Public Policy?

The MSPP program prepares you for a fulfilling and impactful career in policy analysis in any sector and field—including economic development, education, health, housing, and finance. You’ll be ready to work for think tanks, government agencies, foundations, policy organizations, and consulting firms.