Earn an MPP at Temple University
The Master of Public Policy program offers an affordable education just steps from Philadelphia’s City Hall at Temple’s Center City Campus in the evening. Whether you are a recent college graduate or you’ve already started a career, the MPP program combines a robust research environment and real-world experience to help students learn the technical and analytic skills needed for successful careers in non-profit organizations, or in the private or public sector. Learn to assess, develop and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and activities of governments at the federal, local and state levels.
Careers aren’t shaped solely in classrooms. Students apply what they learn in class to internships or to the jobs that many already have in public service. The MPP program also sponsors a variety of extracurricular events including candidate forums, guest speakers, panels of experts on policy issues and public service careers workshops.
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Please visit the Public Policy Graduate Bulletin to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.
Faculty with Real-World Experience
Our dynamic faculty bring years of academic and real-world experience and expertise to their teaching as agency heads and supervisors, budget and finance managers, consultants, leaders of non-profit organizations, policymakers and senior policy advisors. They conduct research relevant into social and quality of life issues throughout the Commonwealth and the Philadelphia region. Our diverse program and elective offerings allow you to focus your MPP degree in one of several areas, including: public policy analysis, health policy, criminal justice policy, urban policy, geographic information systems, education policy, or public management.
The MPP Curriculum
The 36 credit MPP curriculum consists of 8 required courses, an internship and 3 electives. Full-time students are able to complete the program in two years and in as little as a year and a half if they enter in the fall semester and take courses in the summer. If you enroll part-time, the program takes between three and five years. Our schedule of evening classes make it possible for our students to work during the daytime. You will gain practical experience in public and nonprofit sector organizations and work on real-world projects and programs designed to address public policy problems.
Fall Semester First Year
- Political Statistics – POLS 8001
- Economic Decisions and Public Policy - ECON 5102
- Policy Analysis - PLCY 8119
Spring Semester First Year
- The Policymaking Process – PLCY 8118
- Bureaucratic Organization and Public Management – PLCY 8123
- Elective or Internship – PLCY 5085
Fall Semester Second Year
- Program Evaluation – GUS 5165
- State and Local Budgeting – PLCY 8128
- Elective or Internship – PLCY 5085
Spring Semester Second Year
Options are available to take electives during summer semesters. If students take summer courses it is possible to complete the degree in 15 months. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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Successful applicants to the MPP program have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If you wish to inquire about your competitiveness for admission, send your resume and unofficial transcripts to email@example.com.
The MPP program uses the Interfolio application system for managing additional application materials like your statement of purpose, resume and letters of recommendation. Please visit the Public Policy Graduate Bulletin for instructions on how to access and use this system and to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.
We do not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for applications to the MPP program. Applicants are still welcome to submit scores if they have already taken the exam for another reason, or if they would prefer to.
The MPP program is pleased to be able to offer application fee waivers to current members and alumni of the following public service programs: AmeriCorps, City Year and Peace Corps. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a fee waiver prior to submitting your application.
Graduate Application Deadlines
Fall 2020 Admission
- March 1 - For MPP partial scholarship award consideration
- April 5 – Guarantees full consideration of application
- June 15 – Late application deadline
Spring 2021 Admission
- Nov. 1 – Guarantees full consideration of application
- Dec. 6 – Late Application deadline
Application must be completed and all supplemental materials correctly submitted in order to be eligible for consideration on the deadlines listed above.
New MPP-MPH Dual Degree Program
We offer a dual degree program that allows graduate students to earn both a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Public Health (MPP-MPH). Federal, state and local governments play a large and growing role in public health by combatting epidemics, funding research into public health problems and programs, issuing regulations, providing critical resources aimed at public education and training the public health workforce. Adding the MPP to the MPH will enhance your qualifications for jobs at the intersection of public policy and public health. MPP-MPH dual degree students are able to graduate in 3 years by earning 57 credits.
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Academic Support and Advising
As a student working toward your MPP, you will receive support and guidance from our program and Temple University. The support and guidance includes a focus on employment readiness, working with the Temple Career Center and assisting with internship and permanent job search activities. Here is a brief summary of the ways we promote professional development with our students. All of our instructors are personable, helpful folks and are happy to work with students on an individual basis. If you have general questions about how to register for classes, find academic buildings, or the like, you can also ask the Assistant Director.
Temple Graduate School Funding
The cost of our program is very competitive when compared to that of other similar degrees in the region, particularly if you are eligible for in-state tuition. Some employers subsidize their employees’ educational expenses. Otherwise, most students finance their own educations or borrow from the regular financial aid programs. Explore all available funding and apply early to make your education an affordable experience.
We award a limited number of partial scholarships on a competitive basis. Applicants who wish to be considered for an award should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and should apply by March 1st to assure consideration.
Tuition and Fees
For more than 130 years, we have focused on providing a world-class education at an affordable price. Just compare Temple to other universities and see what we mean. Temple tuition rates vary by college or school, residency status, student level and more. Use the Temple Tuition Calculator to estimate your tuition rate.
Transferring Credits from other MPP or MPA Programs into Temple
Students admitted to the MPP program can transfer up to 6 credits. The credits must have been earned at a reputable institution with a grade of B or better and Temple must have equivalent courses in its course inventory. Students who wish to transfer credits need to submit a transcript listing the courses to be transferred and set up an appointment with the MPP Director to discuss transferring into the program. Transfer students must apply to the MPP program and generally meet the same requirements as other applicants, although their performance in another MPP or MPA program will be given special consideration in the admissions decision. Questions about whether applicants qualify for waivers should be sent to email@example.com. For more admission requirements, review the Graduate Bulletin.
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