Master's in Public Policy

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

Why consider a Master's in Public Policy at Elizabethtown College?

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

Our program allows you to earn both your bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in only five years!  Save a year of tuition and start your career a year sooner than with other programs.

Students are guaranteed tailored summer internship experiences with a government agency, lobbying firm, or non-profit group.

Our specialized courses focus on methods of policy analysis, ethics, public administration and a range of policy areas.  Students can choose a general tract or tailor their research to specific areas of study, such as healthcare policy, education policy, energy policy, environmental policy, etc.

After program completion, you will be prepared for action in the real world. Your time in the program will culminate with a Master Theses in an area of your choice 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’s in Public Policy?

Graduates of the MPP program are eligible for careers in state and local government, 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 will 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 – for example, in education, healthcare, or the environment – and want to help shape the policies and programs that effect your community, then the MPP program may be right for you. 

Explore the curriculum of the MPP program.