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Master of Science in Public Policy

Drexel’s MS in Public Policy 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 at least two key respects:

Focus on Case Study Research

The MS in Public Policy curriculum reinforces coursework with a research course and a series of eight accompanying, online Case Study Research sections. 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 program. In each subsequent Case Study Research course, students continue to contribute research and writing on their case studies. By the end of the eight sections, students have produced a polished, in-depth analysis of a specific case that they can use to demonstrate expertise in a given policy area.

Learn more about Case Study Courses

Distinct tracks of specialization

The MS in Public Policy consists of nine required core courses, nine online Case Study Research sections, and three elective courses. With the approval and support of the CPP 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


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.

Learn more about Public Policy Courses in the Course Catalog


Students are required to take three graduate level courses to fulfill the electives requirement. Public Policy students 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.

Some courses students have used to fulfill their electives requirement in the past include:

  • Practicum in Environmental Policy Analysis (ENVP 773)
  • Education Policy: Concepts, Issues and Applications (EDPO 620)
  • Intro to Sci, Tech and Society (HIST 591)
  • Themes in the History of Technology (HIST 591)
  • Civil Engineering Special Topics (CIVE 790)
  • Sustainable Principles and Practices (CMGT 545)
  • Economic Analysis Multinational Corps (INTB 632)
  • Environmental Sciences Special Topics (ENVS 531)
  • Environmental Law (ENVP 552)

Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog

Prospective Student Inquiries

Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Director of Recruiting Kelly Schimpf

Kelly Schimpf
Director of Recruitment
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