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Center for Public Policy

The Center for Public Policy is a think tank focused on environmental policy, urban systems management, science and technology policy, and state and local government.

The Center for Public Policy (CPP) serves as an interdisciplinary hub for Drexel faculty who conduct policy-oriented research, and as an interface between those faculty and relevant government agencies and nonprofit organizations, especially those in the Philadelphia region.

Degrees

The Center offers a Master of Science in Public Policy and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy. The MS in Public Policy is a professional master's degree designed for people who work, or would like to work, for government or nonprofit organizations. The MS in Environmental Policy prepares students for careers as policy analysts who have a strong commitment to environmental values, are scientifically and methodologically competent, and can work effectively on policy with various groups and institutions engaged in environmental issues.

Through a flexible course schedule that includes evening and online classes, students have the option of completing either of the master’s programs at a pace that suits them. On average, students can complete the programs in as little as 18 months to two years.

Our joint JD-Master of Science in Public Policy program provides law students with a strong foundation in research, analysis, economics and law in tandem with hands-on learning and networking opportunities with nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Prospective and current law students may apply directly to the joint degree program through Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

Careers In Public Service

Prospective students interested in the MS in Public Policy or the MS in Environmental Policy who would like to learn more about the job opportunities available in policy and administration should consult:

Public Policy

Environmental Policy

student Eli Gilman
“Drexel’s Public Policy program fit perfectly with where I wanted to go in my career. It was one of the biggest things that helped me conceptualize large institutional momentum and how to make change.”Eli GilmanMS public policy ’11
Director of Administration & Development
Foreign Policy Research Institute

Recent News

  • Areas Vulnerable to Flooding Quick Take: The Danger of Rolling Back Building Standards in Areas Vulnerable to Flooding On Aug. 15, President Trump signed an executive order on infrastructure, which includes provisions to roll back building standards that require consideration of climate change and sea-level rise for construction projects in areas that are vulnerable to flooding.
  • Eli Gilman 25 Faces 25 Years: Eli Gilman “I’m always inspired to learn,” says Eli Gilman, an alumnus of Drexel’s Center for Public Policy. “That’s what drives me, regardless of the field. Drexel’s Public Policy program fit perfectly with where I wanted to go in my career. It was one of the biggest things that helped me conceptualize large institutional momentum and how to make change.”
  • 125 Years Drexel Logo Drexel Public Lecture Series Now Online Missed the weekly public lectures honoring Drexel's 125th anniversary? Videos from the past lectures are now archived and able to be watched (or binge-watched) online. Be sure to check back if you miss a week to catch up on Drexel's history.
  • Building Drexel the University and its City-1891-2016 "Building Drexel the University and its City: 1891-2016"

    The first comprehensive history of Drexel University in Philadelphia will be published in conjunction of Drexel’s 125th anniversary. “Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016” traces Drexel’s founding in 1891 all the way to today, using illustrations and firsthand accounts to tell the story of Drexel’s 125 years.

  • student at desk Student Job Opportunities Need extra cash to fund your summer travels? Apply to work with the Department of Communication or the offices of STS, Public Policy and Sociology.

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Admissions

Kelly McShay

Kelly McShay

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kam825@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Center for Public Policy

3025 MacAlister Hall
3250-60 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.1895 | irene.cho@drexel.edu