Earn an MPP at Temple University
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program offers an affordable education just steps from Philadelphia’s City Hall at Temple’s Center City Campus with evening classes. Whether you’re 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 analytical skills needed for successful careers in nonprofit 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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Our diverse program and elective offerings allow you to focus your MPP degree in one of several areas, such as: public policy analysis, health policy, criminal justice policy, urban policy, geographic information systems, education policy or public management.
Please visit the Admissions page to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.
The MPP Curriculum
The 36-credit MPP curriculum consists of eight required courses, an internship and three electives. Full-time students are able to complete the program in two years or 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 with public and nonprofit organizations and work on real-world projects and programs designed to address public policy problems.
Learn More about MPP’s Required Courses
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email email@example.com to request a fee waiver prior to submitting your application.
For the full list of application requirements, instructions and deadlines, please visit the Admissions page.
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 combating 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 three years by earning 57 credits.
Learn More about the Dual Degree MPP-MPH
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.
MPP staff meets with students’ through-out the program to discuss internship and employment needs. MPP staff coordinates with Temple Career Center staff to ensure available resources and programs are provided to MPP students.
Initial Semester in Program
During the first semester of the program MPP and Career Center staff provide a workshop for graduate students to discuss broadly job sector preferences (e.g. Public sector, private sector, or non-profit); areas of interest (e.g. education, health, social policy etc.); types of work (e.g. advocacy, research, legislative, administration, etc.) and geographical preferences.
Students are encouraged to complete the following tasks during their first year in the MPP program: 1. Schedule a resume review with graduate coach in Career Center 2. Schedule a mock interview appointment in Career Center 3. Establish an employment profile in the Temple job search program (HANDSHAKE) 4. Visit the Career Center to have professional head-shot taken for Linked In profile.
End of First or Start of Second Semester in Program
Students requiring an internship will meet with MPP staff to discuss interests, needs (paid/unpaid), and time preferences for completion. One-on-one sessions are conducted to review potential locations for internships, review resume and cover letter submissions, and discuss preparation techniques for interviews.
Final Semester in Program
Students will meet with MPP Director and staff to review job search preferences. Individual coaching is provided based on student’s interest areas and geographical preferences. Resume and cover letter reviews are provided, interview preparation is offered as appropriate.
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 similar degrees in the region, particularly if you’re eligible for in-state tuition. Some employers subsidize their employees’ educational expenses. Otherwise, most students finance their own education 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.
The MPP program is a proud AmeriCorps School of National Service program participant. Learn more by visiting the AmeriCorps Temple University, Master of Public Policy page.
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 six 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, read the full admission requirements.
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