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Program Overview

The Master of Public Policy Administration (MPPA) is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for managerial and policy analysis positions in the public and nonprofit sectors and related organizations. The MPPA is part of the Public Policy Administration Program, an independent unit of the UMSL Graduate School, and is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

The MPPA degree consists of 40 credit hours, 28 of which are taken as part of the core curriculum and 12 that are electives. Students who complete the degree must demonstrate the following:

  • Design, research, write, and defend analyses of substantive public policy problems and/or potential solutions
  • Use data and sophisticated analytic tools (qualitative and quantitative) to conduct research in public policy and administration
  • Understand the policy and internal/external environments of public and nonprofit organizations
  • Develop expertise in a substantive area of public policy administration

A thesis is not required to complete the program. However, writing is an important component of the degree, and students will complete written analyses as part of their coursework and/or internship.

Learn more about the program curriculum.


What UMSL Public Policy has to offer

The Public Policy Administration degree program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis encompasses three nationally-recognized component areas, including the MPPA, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, which features a certificate program, and the Local Government Partnership. Core faculty members hold joint appointments in public policy administration and related departments, such as economics, political science, and business administration.

UMSL maintains strong links to the community by offering technical assistance, consulting services and noncredit Chancellor's Certificates for public servants and community leaders. These programs are the Chancellor's Certificates in Planning & Zoning, Economic Development, Volunteer Management, and the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers (NACCTFO) program.

The Public Policy Administration program is part of the Local Government Partnership, a collaboration between UMSL's Public Policy Administration program, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, and the Center for Ethics in Public Life. The program serves MPPA students pursuing an emphasis in local government and careers in the public sector. 

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