Minneapolis—July 7, 2011—Sound public policy is a driving force behind the agencies and initiatives that successfully address the pressing issues facing our communities and our world. Walden University’s new online Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is designed to help students gain a solid foundation in formulating, implementing and evaluating programs and policies that impact society.

Walden’s online MPP program provides students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate policies, to examine methods for identifying societal problems and implementing policy change, and to apply a variety of data analysis methods as they study public policy issues.

Through a curriculum that blends theory and practice, students can explore the craft of policymaking and policy analysis, then apply what they learn immediately in their profession or prepare for a role in public policy management or leadership. Walden’s MPP offers 12 specializations, including Criminal Justice, Law and Public Policy and Nonprofit Management and Leadership, to help students align coursework with personal and professional goals.

For those who hold advanced degrees in public policy, a broad range of career opportunities may be available, including positions in all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, nongovernment organizations, higher education institutions and private-sector companies. The MPP can prepare graduates for a variety of positions, such as policy analyst, lobbyist, legislative aide, development manager, grant writer, nonprofit executive director or city government elected official.

The new degree program joins the portfolio of online graduate programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration, including Master of Public Administration (MPA), MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, MS in Criminal Justice, MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management and PhD in Public Policy and Administration. For more information, go to www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 27 countries.

Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.hlcommission.org/.

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