The skills and knowledge developed in graduate-level public policy training are good preparation for a wide variety of professional positions, and the careers of graduates tend to be highly varied.

Many students with a master of public policy (MPP) degree pursue employment in the public sector—in government agencies or legislative offices at the local, state, or federal levels. They may serve as staff analysts, project directors, program evaluators, or agency managers in agencies that address health, education, economic development, environmental protection, housing, transportation, criminal justice, national security, or other public concerns. MPP graduates also work on international policy and programs in multilateral agencies such as the World Bank or the United Nations.

In the nonprofit sector, MPP graduates serve as issue advocates, policy analysts, and program directors in settings ranging from local, community-based service providers to national advocacy organizations to international NGOs.

Finally, some MPP graduates work in private-sector firms, especially in such functions as government relations, community relations, or philanthropy. Over the course of a career, policy professionals often work in multiple sectors and across different policy areas.

For more information on public service careers, including salary and benefit statistics, visit the following links from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA):


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Last Updated: 6/9/17