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Public Policy and Public Affairs Programs

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Public Policy and Public Affairs degrees groom individuals for management roles in public or private service.

Public Policy and Public Affairs are flourishing fields, with more than 260 schools offering Master of Public Administration or Master of Public Policy degrees in the US alone.


  • Most programs have a set of core courses and concentration specializations; they tend to be either generalized or career-specific
  • Programs vary widely in their admission and program requirements; some accept only students with work experience, while others require internships as part of the program
  • Many offer joint degrees with business administration or law