Public policy decisions have a profound effect on nearly every aspect of daily life, touching on the economy, healthcare, and the environment. As the challenges facing our communities—both locally and globally—grow ever more complex, the need to understand and apply sound public policy is critical.

In the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, you can gain the skills needed to address public policy issues and create solutions that will have a positive impact on society. Discover how to formulate, implement, and evaluate public policy within government agencies or in the nonprofit or private sector.

Through a curriculum that blends theory and practice, you can enhance and refine your analytic and quantitative skills while developing a thorough understanding of the political institutions and processes through which public policies are created. Coursework focuses on policy analysis, management and leadership, empirical analysis, ethics, and politics and is designed to prepare you to work in a wide variety of organizations that create, analyze, or operate according to public policy.

You can apply what you learn immediately in your profession and prepare for a role in public policy management or leadership.

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General Program

Walden’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) allows you to gain a broad understanding of how public policy is made. With this knowledge you can prepare for a career in the private or public sectors or in a local, state, or federal government agency.

Completion Requirements

  • 46 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Note: The specializations are optional for the MPP program. Students who choose not to pursue a specialization will complete only these courses.

Criminal Justice

Explore issues affecting today’s complex criminal justice system through the Criminal Justice specialization. Gain an understanding of how policy is created and implemented within law enforcement agencies and how those policies impact communities and individuals. Help position yourself for a management or administrative leadership role across a range of public and private sectors.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Emergency Management

In times of disaster, citizens expect emergency management professionals to be leaders. This specialization focuses on the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery phases of emergency management. Help position yourself to have the skill set to lead in times of crisis, effectively communicate with your staff and to the public, and understand the complexities of this exciting and challenging field of emergency management.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Global Leadership

Learn public governance strategies for regions seeking to develop and modernize with a specialization in Global Leadership. In this specialization, you will study strategic planning, management, and leadership in the context of public and nonprofit organizations as well as techniques that global leaders use to build capacity for community change. Coursework explores strategies for assessing community needs and resources as well as practices and interventions that improve sustainability. You will also explore the art and science of driving transformative change within modern public organizations.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Health Policy

Examine the rapidly changing landscape of the American healthcare industry and consider ways to make positive change through policy analysis and administration. The Health Policy specialization can help you navigate the changes in healthcare legislation in order to more effectively coordinate policy that affects the overall well-being of communities and individuals. Explore legal, ethical, and regulatory issues governing the healthcare field.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Homeland Security Policy and Coordination

From floods to terrorist attacks, homeland security is called upon to protect the American people in times of crisis. You can position yourself to rise to a leadership or management role where you can effect positive change within one of the most important departments in the government today. Learn how government agencies collaborate to implement strategies that keep people safe in times of crisis. Gain an understanding of how to create protective measures without infringing on individual rights and freedoms.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)

Explore the activities and structures of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) within a global context. Compare the workings of NGOs in other countries to the workings of U.S.-based NGOs in order to analyze effectiveness and management principles. Consider cultural contexts and how they affect the organization and operations of NGOs around the world. Examine the strategies that make NGOs successful and how those strategies can be implemented across other sectors.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Law and Public Policy

Gain an understanding of legal concepts as they influence public policy administration and advocacy. Examine current trends and research in public policy by analyzing relevant case studies. Explore how legal decisions have an impact on the creation of policy and how coordination and collaboration with different governmental agencies affect policy. This specialization can help position you to pursue a law degree or help you when you encounter legal issues in your current career.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities

Help position yourself for a local government leadership role with this specialization as you explore strategies for creating and maintaining successful communities. Examine the factors that contribute to the success of communities, including civic involvement, demographic analysis, and programs for sustainable living. Delve into the issues that affect local governments, from urban sprawl to transportation and infrastructure. Learn the fundamentals of community planning to meet the needs of citizens.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Take the opportunity to acquire the management skills needed to effectively lead a nonprofit organization. From recruiting volunteers to raising funds from supporters, this specialization addresses the challenges that face nonprofits. Get a broad overview of the nonprofit sector, including legal and regulatory issues affecting the field. Explore strategies to recruit and retain volunteers and study managerial skills such as budgeting and finance.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Public Management and Leadership

Public and nonprofit institutions alike are now looking for managers with a strong foundation in business and finance to lead their teams. This specialization can help you learn how to apply business principles and practices in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency across a range of sectors. Coordinate and develop systems that create organizational change. Learn how to communicate in a way that motivates and inspires your team. Lead while shaping policy that can streamline and improve your organization.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

Terrorism and the threat of terrorism affect U.S. policy—but they also affect American citizens. Our policymakers and elected officials are focused on ways to prevent terrorist attacks, as well as on ways to react in the event of an attack. In this specialization, you will study the legislation and policy that has been created to keep the United States and U.S. allies safe from terrorism. Examine the roots of terrorist behavior, both at home and abroad, and investigate strategies that have been implemented to intervene before terrorists can strike. Explore the effect that terrorism has on communities and on individuals, and delve into the ethical issues related to human rights and individual freedoms.

Completion Requirements

  • 61 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Estimated time to completion is less than 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 46 total quarter credit hours  $445 per quarter hour $20,470
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $600
    Total $21,070
    Transfer up to 23 credits  $10,535
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $10,535

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*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Various leaders and policymakers who have launched successful public policy careers hold a Master of Public Policy.* A broad range of career options is available for those who hold advanced degrees in public policy, including positions in governments at all levels, nonprofit organizations and NGOs, and higher education and at private-sector companies.

Walden’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) can prepare you for careers as a:

  • Policy analyst
  • Development manager
  • Grant writer
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • City government elected official
  • Government affairs director
  • Legislative analyst
  • Federal intelligence analyst
  • Health program analyst
  • Clinical research associate
  • Environmental analyst
  • Sustainability manager
  • Policy consultant
  • Communications director
  • News and politics editor
  • Policy reporter

*GoPublicService, “The MPA/MPP Degrees,” on the Internet at http://gopublicservice.org/degree.aspx (viewed online April 9, 2011).

†PublicServiceCareers.org, “Why Public Service? The Opportunity to Make a Difference!” on the Internet at http://www.publicservicecareers.org/index.asp?pageid=517 (viewed online April 9, 2011).

‡Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

In the online Master of Public Policy program, you will:

  • Examine the impact of social programs on a local and national level.
  • Use qualitative and quantitative tools to analyze policy and its impact on society.
  • Expand your knowledge of the finances that influence democratic governance.
  • Study leadership theory, current research, and practice within an area of public administration.

As a student in Walden’s MPP program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

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Which Public Service Program Is Right for You?

To help you prepare for a career in the dynamic field of public service, Walden offers two master’s degree programs. Combining theory with practice, these programs offer a relevant, contemporary approach to public service that is broad enough to help prepare you for a career in the private and nonprofit sectors or at a local, state, or federal government agency.

As you decide between Walden’s Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration programs, consider which features best fit your career goals:

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Explain how public policies are developed, approved, implemented, and evaluated.
  2. Apply major theories and concepts associated with the development of U.S. public policy and public administration.
  3. Apply a variety of data analysis methods in the study of public policy issues.
  4. Apply a variety of research and design methods in the study of public policy issues.
  5. Describe how to implement methods of organizational change and development while adhering to ethical standards of practice.
  6. Design strategies for collaboration across the research, policy, and practice sectors to solve complex problems.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

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