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University of Utah's Master of Public Policy (MPP) program combines policy and economic analysis with quantitative sources for students to build the necessary analytical skills needed to effectively solve public policy problems. These core skills are valuable in national, state and local governments, "think tanks", consulting firms, non-profit groups and private companies throughout the United States and world.


The Master of Public Policy program contributes to public service and public policy analysis by advancing understanding of the policy process, and 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.

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.

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

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 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, University of Utah's 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 housed in the Center for Public Policy & Administration. The mission of the Center for Public Policy & Administration is to provide research, education, and services to public and nonprofit organizations that will strengthen administration, leadership and public policy making.

Student Spotlight

Brent Packer Spotlight

 Brent Packer is currently interning with the Office of Legislative Auditor General (OLAG) where he conducts performance audits to improve efficiency and effectiveness of Utah's  government organizations.  Before interning with the OLAG, Brent interned with Gateway Academy linking behavioral indicators to academic success.  After graduation he hopes to continue working with the OLAG or work in higher education improving graduation, retention, and student wellness rates.  His favorite part of the MPP program is "I get to understand organizational processes and how to use data to drive policy.  I really loved taking philosophy classes during my undergrad.  The MPP program, to me, is taking these esoteric ideas and figuring out how to apply them to enhance all of our lives.  It's really interesting."

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