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Master of Public Policy

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.


About the Program

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.

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.


JEDI Initiative

Programs of Public Affairs

a group of diverse people walking on a multi-colored path

Introducing the JEDI Initiative for the Programs of Public Affairs.

The JEDI Initiative’s purpose is to identify, articulate, and implement concrete actions that foster anti-racism and anti-oppression across all contexts under the purview of the Programs of Public Affairs.

Justice  fair treatment of all individuals and groups, with emphasis on the legal and governance dimensions of society

Equity — fair distribution of resources and opportunities, accounting for past and present events, conditions, and contexts

Diversity — sociodemographic differencesspecifically those that characterize traditionally marginalized individuals and groups on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ability, and language

Inclusion  authentic and empowered participation that extends to a true sense of belonging for all, but especially the traditionally marginalized, across all program levels  

Learn more and find out how to get involved here.


You're invited to our Open House! 

Programs of Public Affairs

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You're invited to the University of Utah's Open House for Graduate Programs in Public Affairs! The Open House will take place Tuesday, January 25th from 1-2 pm over Zoom. Three top master's programs will be represented at this event: 

  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Public Administration
  • MS International Affairs & Global Enterprise

Join us to hear from current students, faculty, and program staff about the curriculum, application process, and career options. Now is an excellent time to boost your credentials and become more competitive in the job market by obtaining a professional master's degree. 

Register here!



Last Updated: 1/20/22