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.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota — At the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, students in the Master's program have a variety of concentrations in both individual, family, and group practice and organizational and community practice. The school is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Our Lady of the Lake University — Our Lady of the Lake is a private, Catholic college located near San Antonio and is one of the few colleges offering an online program for a Master of Social Work degree. This program focuses on social services leadership and advance direct practice with an emphasis on service to Hispanic families and communities.

Winthrop University — The MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Capella University features a dynamic public health curriculum. Graduates are prepared for positions in social work, public health or social welfare organizations. A MS in Social & Community Services furthers your ability to influence positive change in your community.

Widener University — The Widener University MSW and MM in Public Administration programs graduate students that excel in the exciting career of social work. These programs offer the opportunity to expand your career path and capabilities by giving you the skills required for jobs in government, nonprofit, and business.

George Mason University — The Master of Social Work program from George Mason University focuses on the private and public sectors in addition to the public sector usually covered by other MSW programs. While students interested in social work will learn the administrative and organizational skills needed for their career, this broad focus can help improve their versatility and even job prospects.

Sacred Heart University — The Master of Social Work program from Sacred Heart University graduates individuals that can have many options in the in social work, public administration, and human services fields. The curriculum focuses on both ethical leadership and social responsibility.

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