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Master of Science in Public Policy

Drexel Center for Public Policy

The Master of Science in Public Policy degree at Drexel University is similar in its core curriculum to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, yet innovative and distinct in two key respects: a focus on case study research and distinct tracks of specialization.

Case Study Research

The Public Policy master's program curriculum reinforces coursework with a three-course Case Study research and writing sequence. In the spring quarter of the first year, students are introduced to case study methodology and practice, and required to choose a specific case that they will work on for the duration of the sequence. In the second Case Study Research course, students continue to contribute research and writing on their case studies. By the Winter of the second year, students have produced a polished, in-depth analysis of a specific case that they can use to demonstrate expertise in a given policy area.

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The Master of Science in Public Policy degree consists of nine required core courses, three hybrid Case Study course sections, and three elective courses. With the approval and support of the Center for Public Policy director, students can craft a specialized course of study with their three electives, or they can take courses in one of five tracks:

  • Economic Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Information Policy
  • Science and Technology Policy

Requirements and Electives

Required courses

Students take required courses for the MS in Public Policy from multiple schools within Drexel University, including the Center for Public Policy in the College of Arts and Sciences, the LeBow College of Business, and the College of Computing and Informatics. There is a wide variety of offerings to fulfill these requirements.

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Students are required to take three graduate level courses to fulfill the electives requirement. Students pursuing a Master's in Public Policy are able to select any graduate level course (pending department approval) to create an electives "track" based on their own interests. Students have taken this opportunity to explore areas such as Education Policy, Environmental Policy and Urban Systems while fulfilling their public policy major requirements.

Some courses students have used to fulfill their electives requirement in the past include courses from these departments or programs:

  • Environmental Policy, College of Arts ad Sciences
  • Education Policy, School of Education
  • Communication, College of Arts and Science
  • Economics, LeBow School of Economics
  • Health Policy, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Informatics, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Environmental Science, College of Arts and Science
  • Arts Administration, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Urban Strategy, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

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The Public Policy master’s program is designed to prepare graduates for a range of careers — in law, government, nonprofits, consulting, communication and many fields. Potential careers with a public policy graduate degree include:

  • Political consultant
  • Community outreach manager
  • Economic analyst
  • Campaign manager

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Apply to Drexel’s Master's in Public Policy, or visit campus to get firsthand information about a Drexel education. Contact or call us at 215.895.1805 for more information about the public policy graduate program.

Prospective Students

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