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 (viewed online April 9, 2011)., “Why Public Service? The Opportunity to Make a Difference!” on the Internet at (viewed online April 9, 2011).

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


Diana Shaw

Diana Shaw

MPP Graduate
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing a degree at Walden was the opportunities that opened up after graduating.
What attracted me to Walden was convenience. I knew that I would not be able to step away from my career to go to a traditional brick-and-mortar program. That was off the table as an option.
I have been using my degree to write grants to help special needs children in my community.
Jessica Stanley MPP Graduate
Jessica Stanley
Donald J. Reed PhD in Public Policy and Administration Graduate
Don Reed
Elizabeth Brown MPA Graduate
Elizabeth Brown
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