Master's in Public Policy

Interested in improving your community and solving real-world problems? A Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree helps prepare you for a career in public service through the exclusive 4+1 program, open only to current Elizabethtown College students. This degree program provides you with the analytical skills needed to dissect problems, interpret data and evaluate policy alternatives.

Why consider a Master of Public Policy at Elizabethtown College?

We offer the only Master of Public Policy program in south central Pennsylvania, allowing our students to take advantage of internships and real-world experiences in state government.

Our program allows you to earn your bachelor’s master’s degrees in just five years. Save a year of tuition, and start your career a year sooner than you can with other colleges' programs.

Students are guaranteed to engage in tailored summer internship experiences with a government agency, lobbying firm or nonprofit group.

Our specialized courses focus on methods of policy analysis, ethics, public administration and a range of policy areas. Students can choose a general track or custom build their research with specific areas of study, such as the policy areas of healthcare, education, energy, and the environment.

After program completion, you will be prepared for action in the real world. Your time in the program will culminate with a Master Thesis in an area of your choice and with close support from a full-time faculty member.

What can I do with a Master's in Public Policy

What can I do with a Master of Public Policy?

Graduates of the MPP program are eligible for careers in local, state and federal government, community service agencies, think tanks, lobbying firms, NGOs and in the private sector. Graduates of public policy programs have found success in campaign management, policy formation, budgeting, advocacy, government relations, and nearly every area of government. By gaining practical experience and real-world knowledge, our graduates leave our program prepared for the workforce.

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Is this program right for me?

Public policy analysts are problem solvers who use their skills to evaluate policy alternatives and recommend the best course of action. If you care about public problems in education, healthcare or the environment, for example, and want to help shape the policies and programs that effect your community, the MPP program might be right for you. 

Explore the curriculum of the MPP program.