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Welcome prospective grad students!

At The University of Utah we are dedicated to preparing public policy students for public service and the field of public policy analysis by advancing their understanding of the policy process, and by producing graduates equipped to research, analyze, and inform public policy making.

Since the MPP began in 2006, it has attracted students who aspire to be successful and are committed to their education and serving the public interest. 

Why choose The University of Utah for your MPP?

Do you want to make a difference? The University of Utah MPP program integrates the analytical, methodological, and management skills you need to construct effective and lasting solutions to public policy problems.

You can earn your graduate degree at your own pace. The MPP offers you the choice of attending full-time and completing the program in about two years, or attending part-time, and graduating in three to four years. You will build a foundation of analytical skills in the 10 core courses (31 credit hours) which include a series of quantitative courses. You can then develop expertise by taking three courses in a policy area of your choice (minimum 9 credit hours). The degree is a total of 40 semester credit hours.

You can deepen your understanding of the policy process, better analyze policy options, and rigorously evaluate the effects of public policy.The MPP program reflects the variety and interdisciplinary nature of public policy issues. With a solid foundation in theory, analysis, and evaluation, you will graduate with the skills needed to successfully analyze and evaluate public policy in a variety of fields.

Are you a resident of another western state? Find out how you can become a MPP student at The U and pay resident tuition rates through the Western Region Graduate Program.

You will gain the skills to be successful

The University of Utah Master of Public Policy program provides you with the skills and expertise needed to be successful in the public policy analysis field. You will sharpen your skills in analysis and deepen your knowledge base about the policy making process. You will learn to craft effective and practical solutions to real world policy challenges in a personal, attentive academic environment.

The MPP program seeks to balance economic and political approaches to policy analysis. With a solid foundation in theory, analysis, and evaluation and the ability to select from a range of interdisciplinary emphases, you will graduate from the program qualified to analyze and evaluate public policy in a variety of fields in the public, not for profit and private sectors.

 Comparing the MPP and MPA

The University of Utah offers both a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. Often times, we are asked about the differences between these two degrees. The programs have similar goals, but they differ in focus, curriculum and requirements. However, there is overlap, and the two programs work closely together to assist students in making their decision about which degree program to pursue.


To start, we recommend asking yourself three important questions:

  • What are my career goals?
  • What is the core set of professional skills I want to develop?
  • What aspect of professional public service do I want to specialize in?











Required Core Courses








Elective Courses


Total Semester Hours Needed for Degree





Concentrations or Emphasis







Joint Degree Programs





 Program Formats






Writing Requirement


Time Required







Student Association


 Honor Society


Application Deadline



Undergraduate Grade Point Average Required


What are the Types of Jobs Graduates Have?



Prepares graduates for public service careers in government, nonprofit and private sectors


Policy, planning, and research 


U.S. National Government
Introductory Statistics


Public Policy Theory and Application
Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
Survey of Statistical Computer Packages
Policy Analysis
Public Policy Research
Public Finance: Taxation and Expenditures
Law and Economics
Policy and Program Evaluation
Survey Research Methods
Applied Policy Project


Three (minimum of 9 semester hours)





 Not required



Family & Social Welfare Policy
Health Policy
Community Policy
Environmental Policy
International Context of Policy
Education Policy
Economic Policy
Urban Affairs Policy


Juris Doctor
Master of Public Health
Bachelors of Arts or Science in Political Science

Ph.D in Population Health Sciences


Evening – core courses are offered in the evening, designed for the working adult





Applied Policy Project


Two years of full time study, up to four years of part time study


Follows the U of U graduate tuition rate




MPPASA – Master of Public Policy and Administration Student Association


Pi Alpha Alpha


February 15






Policy analyst, data analyst, policy consultant, government relations officer, research associate, economic development manager, investigator/auditor, fiscal analyst, budget analyst, planner, foreign service officer


Prepares graduates for public service careers in government, nonprofit and private sectors


Administration and management 


U.S. National Government (co-requisite)



Administrative Theory
Research Design
Public Human Resources Management
Governance & the Economy
Public Administration & Law
Nonprofit & Non-governmental Organizations
Public Budgeting and Finance


Five (minimum of 15 semester hours), four can be taken in outside departments




Students without at least one year of experience must complete a paid internship


Criminal Justice
Education (K-12 & Higher Ed)
Health Administration
Local Government Administration
Natural Resource Administration
Nonprofit Organizations
Policy Analysis
Human Resources Management


Juris Doctor
Master of Health Administration
Master of Social Work
Master of Public Health
Ph.D. in Social Work
Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Policy


Evening – designed for the working adult, evening classes
Executive – designed for students with at least five years of administrative experience in public or nonprofit organizations, weekend classes


Major Research Paper


Two years of full time study, up to four years of part time study


Evening program follows U of U graduate tuition rate, plus additional $240/class.
Executive program varies, but is around $25,000 inclusive


MPPASA – Master of Public Policy and Administration Student Association


Pi Alpha Alpha


February 15 for the Evening Program
April 1 until filled for the Executive Program





Nonprofit director, city manager, state and county department or division director, HR manager, public safety (e.g., police, fire, paramedic), government relations/communications specialist, armed forces administrators-foreign and domestic settings

 Want to learn more about the MPP?

Please call 801-585-7834 or email for more information or to schedule an appointment!

Contact Information

Master of Public Policy Program
332 South 1400 East
Building 73, Old Law Building - Room 237
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Telephone Number: 801-585-7834


Last Updated: 3/23/17