Master of Public Policy

American University
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Shaping Future Policy

Tomorrow’s policy analysts and change-makers start here. The Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the AU School of Public Affairs prepares 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 reasoning skills and contextual knowledge. 


Students in the MPP program gain invaluable insights from leading policy scholars in education, health, social welfare, the environment, and international development. You’ll learn how to formulate and evaluate public policy and communicate that analysis effectively to the people to whom it matters most. Our students explore policy analysis in the context of political and policy processes in the U.S. and abroad, and learn to improve policy using sound evidence and evaluations of costs and benefits. Small class sizes offer an ideal environment to learn about cutting-edge research tools and apply them to issue areas that matter to you.


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 unprecedented resources for research, internships, and employment. Campus life is rich with policy talks, conferences, and active student groups. You’ll also find abundant resources through 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.


AU’s MPP program offers a flexible learning environment that allows you to align your degree with your career goals. There are 11 concentrations, an ideal way to build upon areas of expertise and showcase that expertise on your resume, online portfolios, LinkedIn, and other social media profiles. Class schedules cater to both full-time and part-time students. Classes start at 5:30 p.m. to allow for work and internships on weekdays.


Our MPP program will position you 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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Washington, D.C. , United States