Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

Job growth, affordable housing, educational reform, environmental degradation—these are just a few of the significant challenges that face society today. As these issues grow more complex, the relationships among government, business, and non-profit organizations also take on critical importance. The public policy program at Loyola can help students transform their interest in these types of problems into the ability to analyze and act upon them. The curriculum brings together knowledge about current government programs with the technical skills to assess how politics influence policy choices, how to design more effective programs, and how to evaluate the impacts of existing ones. 

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at Loyola is a two-year professional degree focused on training students to assume leadership roles in government, non-profit organizations, or businesses. Part-time students typically finish in three years. Internships or capstone projects allow students to apply the skills developed in the program and gain work-related experience. 

Along with the Master of Arts in Urban Affairs (MUA), the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is one of two degrees offered within the MUAPP Program of Loyola. For additional information explore the full program descriptions or general information.

Degree Requirements

Required Coursework:

The MPP degree program requires 37 credit-hours of coursework—11 three-credit courses, plus a three-credit internship or capstone experience.

Core Requirements:

  • MPP 400 Policy Design and Analysis
  • MPP 401 Analytical Tools for Policy Analysis
  • MPP 403 Public Budgeting and Finance
  • MPP 404 Public Policy Process
  • MPP 405 Statistical Methods of Analysis for Public Policy I
  • MPP 406 Statistical Methods of Analysis for Public Policy II
  • MPP 500 Policy Evaluation
  • MPP 502 Professional Development (1 credit hour)
  • MPP 501 or 503 Internship or Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)


Students also are required to take 12 hours of electives. Electives can be drawn from many departments across the university, including criminal justice, economics, education, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and social work. These electives are where students can focus in on their preferred field of policy. The following are some examples of optional courses:

  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies—History of American Education and Social Policy
  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies—School Budgeting and Finance
  • History—Place, Race, and Space in US History
  • History—Immigration and Ethnicity
  • Psychology—Methods of Program Evaluation
  • Psychology—Survey Research Methods
  • Social Work—Ethnicity, Race and Culture
  • Sociology—Poverty and Social Welfare
  • Environmental Policy—Global Environmental Politics
  • Criminal Justice—Politics and Policy Analysis in the Criminal Justice System

Learning Objectives

  1. Ability to design policy interventions and apply criteria to determine best option in each specific case
  2. Ability to understand a budget and evaluate it from different stakeholder positions
  3. Knowledge of the political process at the federal, state and local government levels
  4. Knowledge of tactics to build a political coalition of support for a program
  5. Knowledge of appropriate statistical procedures used in public policy research and practice
  6. Ability to design, conduct and critique program evaluations
  7. Experience working in the public policy arena in government agency, non-profit, research, or private sector organization

Internship or Capstone Experience:

For students without significant professional work experience prior to starting the program, an internship is strongly recommended. For students with professional work experience, a capstone project or policy clinic resulting in a major analytical report is recommended. You can find more information about the internship along with career and scholarship resources in our Internship and Career Resources section.

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