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

Job growth, affordable housing, educational reform, environmental degradationthese 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 (M.P.P.) 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.

Degree Requirements

Required Coursework: The M.P.P. degree program requires 37 credit-hours of coursework—11 three-credit courses, plus a three-credit internship or capstone experience.

Core Requirements:

Electives: 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. The following courses are some examples of recent offerings.   

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. 

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