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?
Make a difference in your community:
University of Utah's MPP program integrates the analytical, methodological, and management skills you need to construct effective and lasting solutions to public policy problems in your community.
Earn your graduate degree at your own pace:
The MPP offers you the choice of attending full-time and completing the program in 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 classes. 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.
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.
Obtain your Masters at an affordable price:
University of Utah's MPP program is a proud member of the Western Regional Graduate Program which provides residents of Western states with in-state tuition rates. Find out if you can pay resident tuition rates through the through the Western Region Graduate Program.
Military members, reservists, and National Guard members assigned to Utah, along with their families, are eligibile for in-state tuition. Veterans and their families living in Utah are also eligible.
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 Master of Public Policy & Master of Public Administration
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 programs. The programs have similar goals, but 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 to pursue.
To start, we recommend asking yourself three 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?
|Purpose||Prepares graduates for public service careers in government, nonprofit, and private sectors||Prepares graduates for public service careers in government, nonprofit, and private sectors|
|Focus||Policy, planning, and research||Administration and management|
U.S. National Government Microeconomics Applied Statistics
U.S. National Government (co-requisite)
|Required Core Courses||
Public Policy Theory and Application Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
|Elective Courses||Three (minimum of 9 semester hours)||Five (minimum of 15 semester hours), four can be taken in outside departments|
|Total Semester Hours Needed for Degree||40||42|
|Internship||Not required||Students without at least one year of work experience must complete a paid internship|
|Concentrations or Emphasis||Family & Social Welfare Policy
International Context of Policy
Economic Policy Business Policy Regulations
Urban Affairs Policy
Education (K-12 & Higher Ed)
Local Government Administration
Natural Resource Administration
Human Resources Management
|Joint Degree Programs||
Master of Health Administration
Master of Social Work
Master of Public Health
Ph.D. in Social Work
Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Policy
|Program Formats||Evening – core courses are offered in the evening, designed for the working adult||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
|Writing Requirement||Applied Policy Project||Major Research Paper|
|Time Required||Two years of full time study, up to four years of part time study||Two years of full time study, up to four years of part time study|
|Tuition||Follows the U of U graduate tuition rate||
Evening program follows U of U graduate tuition rate, plus additional $240/class.
Executive program varies, but is around $25,000 inclusive
|Student Association||PAGE- Public Affairs Global Enterprise||PAGE- Public Affairs Global Enterprise|
|Honor Society||Pi Alpha Alpha||Pi Alpha Alpha|
|Application Deadline||February 15||February 15 for the Evening Program
April 1 until filled for the Executive Program
|Undergraduate Grade Point Average Required||3.0||3.2|
|What are the Types of Jobs Graduates Have?||Policy analyst, data analyst, policy consultant, government relations officer, research associate, economic development manager, investigator/auditor, fiscal analyst, budget analyst, planner, foreign service officer||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!
Master of Public Policy Program
260 S Central Campus Drive
Gardner Commons, Suite 3050
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Telephone Number: 801-585-7834