Become an Agent for Change
Advance your career. Enhance your community. Develop the analytic skills to be able to formulate and assess public policies and evaluate the effectiveness of government programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Learn the “softer” skills of leadership and communicating your ideas in a political context.
We train generalists who combine technical competency with a sophisticated understanding of the policy process. Temple University’s public policy graduate degree is led by full-time faculty and working practitioners and is ideal for anyone interested in social and quality-of-life issues throughout Philadelphia and beyond.
Get Real-World Insights from Expert Instructors
Members of our faculty have years of academic and real-world experience and expertise as agency heads and supervisors, budget and finance managers, consultants, leaders of nonprofit organizations, policymakers, and senior policy advisors. The program is also affiliated with the Public Policy Lab, an intellectual home for researchers who study public policies and the social processes relevant to their development and consequences. The non-partisan Lab provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of contemporary policy issues, research support for faculty and student scholarship and a mechanism to disseminate participants’ research findings.
Our faculty are policymakers, agency heads, budget and finance managers, senior government advisors, and business and non-profit leaders.
New Minor in Public Policy!
Thinking about a career in the public or nonprofit sector? Want to learn more about how to enhance communities through effective policy? Consider the new public policy minor to pair with your major.