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The University of Utah Master of Public Policy (MPP) program emphasizes policy and economic analysis combined with quantitative courses for students seeking to build analytical skills to effectively solve public policy problems. These core skills are valuable in national, state, and local government; "think tanks;" consulting firms; nonprofit groups; and private companies in the United States and around the world. 

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Lina SvedinWelcome to the Master of Public Policy at The University of Utah. If you are seeking to shape public policy and the democratic tradition, The University of Utah MPP offers many opportunities for learning, research, professional development, and public engagement. Our curriculum is designed to provide you with the analytical, methodological, and statistical skills needed to undertake needs assessments, analyze policy alternatives, and evaluate the effectiveness of public policies.

The faculty are committed to excellence and have both academic and practical experience dealing with a wide range of policy topics (e.g., family policy, health policy, environmental policy). Their range of methodological experience includes work related to needs assessments, program development, policy analysis, and policy evaluation at the local, state, and national level. The faculty's extensive policy-related experiences translate into rich classroom settings where you will learn how to use cutting-edge social science approaches to tackle real-world, public policy questions.

Please take a few minutes to browse our web site. We welcome your feedback or questions about our program (, 801-585-7834).


Lina Svedin, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Public Policy Program

The Master of Public Policy program contributes to public service and the field of public policy analysis by advancing understanding of the policy process, and by producing graduates equipped to research, analyze, and inform public policy making. We develop the individual by challenging and assisting each student to reach their professional and academic potential. We strive to create a community that fosters mutual respect, enhanced by a strong partnership between faculty, students, and staff.

The University of Utah Master of Public Policy program began in 2006 as a response to the growing need expressed by students and professionals to educate and train leaders who can understand, analyze, and evaluate public policy issues through a multi-disciplinary approach. Public policy is becoming increasingly challenging and complex. It is present in nearly every context of the labor market and community, be it economic, political, domestic, or international. Many government and nonprofit organizations in the state have expressed a need for individuals who cannot only manage, but also perform analytical work to address policy questions and effectively communicate the analysis to others.

Currently, The University of Utah Master of Public Policy program is the only one offered within the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). Our program is located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and is administratively housed in the Center for Public Policy & Administration. The mission of the Center is to provide research, education, and services to public and nonprofit organizations that will strengthen administration, leadership and public policy making.


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Last Updated: 9/27/16