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)

Most Popular 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.

Kaplan University — The BS in Human Services at Kaplan University offers a curriculum whose classes will help you create a positive effect on social and ethical issues. Through interactions with staff, faculty, and your peers, the degree will prepare you for careers in social work, public administration, and public management.

University of Southern California — To become a successful social worker, one need look no further than the University of Southern California Master of Social Work program. The curriculum will both develop your leadership skills and enable you to influence the world around you for the betterment of your local and global community.

University of New England — At the University of New England School of Social Work, 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.

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