Ranked No. 7 in Local Government Management
U.S. News & World Report, 2020

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The curriculum is a two-year course of study of 39 hours of graduate coursework, composed of 21 credit hours of required core courses, 3-6 credit hours of coursework in analytical and financial methods and 12-15 credit hours in a defined or individualized concentration that must be approved by the program director.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall:
    • Early deadline: February 15
    • Regular deadline: April 1
    • Late deadline: June 1
  • Spring:
    • Early deadline: October 1
    • Late deadline: November 1
  • Summer: Does not admit

Public Policy, M.P.P.

The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares students for work in the analysis, development and evaluation of public policies. In all levels of government and on a global scale, public needs and limited resources require public policy choices that are economically efficient, socially and technically effective, and politically responsive. Such choices confront policymakers in a broad range of critical issues, including health, education, economic development, public finance, social policy, nonprofit policy and disaster policy.

Public Policy, M.P.P.

The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares students for work in the analysis, development and evaluation of public policies. In all levels of government and on a global scale, public needs and limited resources require public policy choices that are economically efficient, socially and technically effective, and politically responsive. Such choices confront policymakers in a broad range of critical issues, including health, education, economic development, public finance, social policy, nonprofit policy and disaster policy.

Ranked No. 7 in Local Government Management

U.S. News & World Report, 2020

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The curriculum is a two-year course of study of 39 hours of graduate coursework, composed of 21 credit hours of required core courses, 3-6 credit hours of coursework in analytical and financial methods and 12-15 credit hours in a defined or individualized concentration that must be approved by the program director.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall:
    • Early deadline: February 15
    • Regular deadline: April 1
    • Late deadline: June 1
  • Spring:
    • Early deadline: October 1
    • Late deadline: November 1
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

Graduates of the M.P.P. program typically work in analytical and leadership positions in a wide array of governmental, public service, private sector, consulting and nonprofit organizations. Metropolitan Atlanta serves as a laboratory for students, who are encouraged to undertake field instruction and research with local public, private and nonprofit agencies. Opportunities are also available through the various research centers and community outreach efforts of the Andrew Young School. These opportunities enhance the education students receive and often open doors to attractive jobs.

Program Details

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. Online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251 and received by Georgia State by the application deadline. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  5. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Three letters of recommendation: Letters should be submitted through the online application.
  7. Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application or upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
    • Review requirements for submitting transcripts here.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares students for work in the analysis, development and evaluation of public policies. In all levels of government and on a global scale, public needs and limited resources require public policy choices that are economically efficient, socially and technically effective, and politically responsive. Such choices confront policymakers on a broad range of critical issues, including health, education, economic development, the environment, global affairs, nonprofit policy and public finance.

  • Required Core Courses (21)
  • Analytical or Financial Methods Elective(s) (3-6)
  • Concentration Courses (12-15)

Total: 39 credit hours

View Curriculum Details

Description

The M.P.P. program is a late afternoon/evening program with courses offered Monday-Thursday. All classes are one night a week, either in the 4:30-7 p.m. or 7:15-9:45 p.m. time slot.  Classes are taught on Georgia State’s downtown Atlanta campus. Students are welcome to enroll part-time or full-time based on their personal schedules and work demands. The purpose of offering the program during evening hours is to not only accommodate those students who are already working professionals, but also to ensure students have the ability to complete necessary internship requirements during regular business operating hours at local public agencies.

Contacts

Public Management and Policy
Phone: 404-413-0107
Fax: 404-413-0104

Office Location:
14 Marietta Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing address:
Department of Public Management and Policy
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992

Academic Assistance
Email: AYSEnroll@gsu.edu
Phone: 404-413-0021

Office Location:
AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
14 Marietta St. NW, Suite G-52
Atlanta, GA 30303

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
14 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.