Master of Public Policy Programs

The concept of public policy, simply put, involves the decision-making process individuals go through toward enacting change or development among groups, communities or an entire society. This notion includes the evaluation and productive development of a community’s social well being, as well as the implementation of such necessary changes over time. As the typical Master of Public Policy program has evolved, subject matter has expanded as well, including principles and guidelines related to economics, sociology, politics, and anthropology. Various Master of Public Policy degrees are available, including a Master of Arts in public policy, joint Master of Arts in public policy and master of education degree, or the more common Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program.

For admission to program, students will be expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree – usually of comparable subject matter; for students with a degree not in public administration, social work, or similar field, relevant work experience is recommended. Once in the program, students will study such topics as dynamics of public policy, policy implementation, sociology of organizations, and public policy analysis, among other topics.

Careers for Master of Public Policy graduates:

  • Policy analysts
  • Sociologists
  • Political Scientists
  • Medical and health service managers

Earnings for Master of Public Policy graduates:

  • Policy analysts: $107,420 (median annual)
  • Sociologists: $72,360 (median annual)
  • Medical and health service managers: $84,270 (median annual)
  • Overall career outlook: 8-22 percent job growth through 2020 (average to faster than average)

Online MSW and MPA Degrees

Completing your Master's in social work or public administration can be very rewarding for getting ahead in the social work field. Online Master's degrees are perfect for working professionals or people with families to complete course work at their own convenience. Please see our colleges below that offer online class for MSW degrees.

Walden University — The Walden University Master of Social Work provides the chance to gain real world experience as a social worker. These experiences can be gained from a community agency, a healthcare setting, an educational agency, or a social services agency. Walden also offers several specializations for an MSW degree, like Military Social Work, as well as DSW programs.

Ashford University — A MBA in Public Administration from Ashford University teaches you the methods of public service. A MPA degree will contribute to your understanding of social initiative strategies. Additionally, the MAOM in Public Administration and MA in Education & Public Policy will improve your leadership and managerial skills. Ashford is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 5107489001, www.wascsenior.org.

Rutgers University of New Jersey — The Master of Social Work at Rutgers University of New Jersey boasts a deep network of experienced professionals and faculty. These individuals prepare you for the rigors of a career in social work, public administration, and public management. Your dreams can be achieved at Rutgers.

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