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.