Master of Public Policy Program


Mayor Kenney, and many other City of Philadelphia public officials, personally visited MPP State and Local Budgeting course in the Fall of 2016. Learn public policy from expert policymakers at Temple

On this page:

Program Overview
Temple Faculty and Connections
The Curriculum
Admission Requirements


NEW! Plus +1 program

Are you a current Temple Sophomore or Junior? Interested in a public policy career or developing your leadership skills?  You could finish the MPP degree in just one year with our new “Plus 1” program, and complete up to 12 MPP credits while also finishing your undergrad major and degree.

Students with strong academic backgrounds from any major are welcome to apply.  For more information, download the application and guidelines here.  

Applying to the +1?  Please submit your application form and resume, by e-mail to, or in hard copy to Jeff Antsen’s mailbox in Gladfelter 407, no later than May 1st 2017.  We will work with applicants individually on next steps in the application process!

Rolling Applications for the Fall 2017 MPP Cohort

The regular application deadline for Fall 2017 MPP students has now passed.  However, we are still accepting a limited number of applications on a rolling basis.  If you are still interested in applying for the MPP this Fall, please contact ASAP!  Be sure to include an updated resume and unofficial undergraduate transcript or degree audit with your inquiry, if possible.

NEW!  For Fall 2018 Enrollment:  MPP-MPH Dual Degree Program

Starting August 1st, students can apply for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) – Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree.  Complete both degrees in 3 years by earning 57 credits.  Click here for more information.

Program Overview

Our MPP offers recent college graduates and those who have already started careers an affordable education just steps from Philadelphia’s City Hall with state-of-the-art instructional technology.

Temple’s faculty has a wealth of knowledge and experience that they are eager to share with students.  Our professors conduct research relevant to addressing a wide variety of social issues and improving the quality of life throughout the Commonwealth and the Philadelphia region.  Recent research includes:

–quTemple Flag and City Hallantifying the economic costs of underachieving public schools;
–measuring effectiveness of child care subsidies in helping parents stay in the workforce;
–identifying ways to better manage the water supply and other common pool resources;
–evaluating how different approaches to policing contribute to public safety;
–exploring steps to improve regional cooperation in addressing a wide range of public policy issues in Southeastern Pennsylvania;
–examining ways to improve public health;
–identifying options to reform and fund state and local public pensions;
–proposing legislative steps to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s fragmented system of municipal governments; and
–cataloguing and evaluating potential changes in the structure and operations of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Temple Faculty and Connections

Our faculty consists of a mix of full-time academic researchers and instructors, as well as many experienced practitioners.   This group brings to the classroom years of real-world experience and expertise: as policymakers, agency heads and supervisors, budget and finance managers, senior advisors to governors, mayors, and legislatures, leaders of business and non-profit organizations, and as consultants.

Many Temple graduates already hold important posts in state and local government, in nonprofits and consulting firms.  Our alumni include many elected officials, state and local legislators and judges and their staffs, as well as appointed public officials, non-profit leaders, and consultants who work in budgeting and finance, social services, public health, public education, environmental protection, economic development, public safety, and a wide range of other policy fields. They provide important networks through which our graduates will gain entrée into exciting and rewarding careers.  This new program is specifically designed to provide education and training for students who seek to follow similar career paths in the future.

Find out more about our faculty here.

The Curriculum

The MPP curriculum provides students with the technical and analytic skills to be able to develop and assess proposed public policies and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and activities that governments at the federal, state and local levels undertake. An MPP develops students’ appreciation for the political and institutional contexts in which issues reach the policy agenda and policies are formulated, adopted, implemented and evaluated.

The MPP’s internship and policy analysis project components allow students to gain practical experience in public and nonprofit sector organizations and work on real-world projects and programs designed to address public policy problems.  Students have the opportunity to gain expertise in particular policy fields through elective courses but also develop generalist skills that are useful in whatever direction their interests take them over the course of their careers.

The curriculum consists of nine required courses (27 credits), including an internship, and three 3-credit electives, for a total of 36 credits. Full-time students will be able to complete the program in two years.  Students may also complete the degree part-time in three to five years.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1
The Policymaking Process – PLCY 8118
Economics of the Public Sector – ECON 8122
State and Local Budgeting – PLCY 8128

Semester 2
Political Statistics – PLCY / POLS 8001
Policy Analysis – PLCY 8119
Bureaucratic Organization and Public Management – PLCY 8123

Semester 3
Program Evaluation – GUS 5165
Internship – POLS 5085
Elective (open to student choice)

Semester 4
Policy Analysis Project – PLCY 8127
Elective (open to student choice)
Elective (open to student choice)

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, preferably higher
  • A resume and personal statement concerning your goals– why you would like to pursue the MPP
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (may be waived if applicant has 3 or more years of appropriate administrative experience or an excellent undergraduate record from a reputable institution)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Apply today!  Just click here.

We are still accepting a limited number of Fall 2017 MPP applications on a rolling basis.  Please contact us at if you are interested in applying! 
The application deadline for Spring 2018 admission is November 1, 2017.

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