Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

School of Professional Studies

Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration


Wieboldt Hall, 6th Floor

339 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Public Policy and Administration

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MPPA program explores public policy issues, applications, and analysis and the administrative systems necessary to implement policy. The program is designed to be of particular benefit to early and midcareer managers and executives working in local and state government agencies, though much of the curriculum is applicable to careers in federal government, foundations, and associations. The program draws on the strengths of departments across Northwestern, including political science, sociology, economics, public health, and computer information systems. The MPPA faculty brings a dynamic combination of academic and public sector leadership experience into the classroom. Graduates of the MPPA program are prepared to fill positions in either public policy advocacy, policy development, or the implementation of policy. Students amass the skills and knowledge necessary to serve in a variety of administrative roles in governmental agencies that often lead to positions at the highest professional levels. Other students take their skills into the policy advocacy realm, working with industry associations, public interest groups, community advocacy organizations, lobbyists, or in legislative staff roles. Lastly, some students follow a path that leads toward the analytical and evaluative sides of the field, serving in oversight agencies, think tanks, or other research institutions. The professional opportunities are as broad and varied as the field itself. MPPA students develop an understanding of theoretical concepts and hands-on applications through a curriculum composed of nine core courses, a two-course specialization, a leadership course, and a capstone project. Areas of specialization: Public Administration, Public Policy, Health Services Policy, and Global Policy.


Northwestern University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.

Locale: Midsize City

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