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The Masters in Public Policy (MPP) prepares students interested in public policy to serve the common good and advance a just society, in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. The MPP degree develops effective leaders in nonprofit and government professions. Students will develop public policy and leadership skills through the School of Public Service curriculum, which stresses ethics, problem-solving and research skills, and the ability to implement public policy.

This degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Mission Statement

The Master in Public Policy degree prepares students to conduct public policy analysis with an emphasis on analytic skill building, community advocacy, and ethical leadership development. We promote compassion for marginalized communities and service to all with sensitivity, professionalism, accountability, transparency, and justice.

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Core Requirements 40
Elective Courses 12
Total hours required 52

The MPP may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest. Students participating in a combined MPP/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor (SPSAdvising@depaul.edu) to determine what coursework might count toward both programs. A separate application process for the certificate may be required. Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.

  • Masters in Public Policy + Community Development Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Critical Ethnic Studies Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Emergency Management Administration Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Geographic Information Systems Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Global Health Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Health Care Administration Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Metropolitan Planning and Development Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Social Research Certificate 
  • Masters in Public Policy + Strategic Writing and Advancement for Nonprofits Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Sustainable Urban Food Systems Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Translation and Interpreting Certificate
  • Masters in Public Policy + Women's and Gender Studies Certificate

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate different approaches to public policy studies in terms of theoretical and practical applications
  • Evaluate the institutional and structural elements of public policy making and implementation.
  • Apply critical thinking concepts of public policy analysis which includes understanding of research design and methods, interpretation and communication of results, and research ethics.
  • Apply knowledge of a special topic related to public policy to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours). Ten courses (40 credit hours) of core coursework and three courses (12 credit hours) of electives are required.

​Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 500INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGEMENT4
MPS 533APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE4
or MPS 536
MPS 541ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 542POLICY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS4
MPS 543POLICY IMPLEMENTATION4
MPS 546ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING4
MPS 563LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY4
MPS 583RESEARCH METHODS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 593INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR4
MPS 594ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICE4

Internship Capstone Option

Students may choose to replace MPS 593 with MPS 610 Internship Capstone option. 

Elective Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three from the following:12
SUSTAINABLE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MPS 527
HEALTH CARE POLICY
GIS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING
METROPOLITAN PLANNING
POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND PUBLIC POLICY
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/INSTITUTIONS
MPS 576
MPS 577
MPS 578
MPS 579
INTERNSHIP
SPECIAL TOPICS
LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION

Student Handbook

​Students in the School of Public Service will follow many of the requirements, rules, and regulations set by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the DePaul University Graduate Handbook. There are additional academic regulations specific to students in the School of Public Service. Please see information below.

Academic Probation

All students within the School of Public Service must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher as part of their requirements for graduation. As a result, any student who earns a cumulative GPA below 2.7 (B-) is placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are required to meet with the Assistant Director for Academic Advising (SPSAdvising@depaul.edu) to discuss their performance and determine a plan for improvement.

Dismissal

Students who are not able to raise their cumulative GPA to a minimum of 2.7 within two academic quarters (after being placed on academic probation) are subject to dismissal from the program.

Readmission

If a student is dismissed from the program (as outlined in the dismissal policy), he or she may reapply through the formal admission application process.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the program, students must complete all program requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. If a student's cumulative GPA is below a 2.7, he or she may be denied graduation.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

While School of Public Service courses are open to non-degree seeking graduate students, pre-requisite requirements for certain courses may be enforced.