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Careers in Public Policy

Drexel Center for Public Policy

In a complex economic and political climate, a master’s in public policy prepares graduates to tackle public-interest problems strategically and serve the public in meaningful ways. With courses in data analysis, statistics, institutional dynamics, and more, the degree covers a breadth of topics to prepare graduates for demanding roles in the public sector.

Drexel’s Public Policy program is particularly designed for those who would like to work in government or nonprofit organizations. Because the Master’s in Public Policy equips graduates with skills like leadership and management, there are many public policy career paths for graduates to consider.


Career Outcomes

Every corporation and organization has a responsibility to address legal and policy issues; therefore, public policy jobs exist in a range of fields. Public policy jobs often involve elements of project planning, budget analysis, public relations, fundraising and other functions.

What you can do with a master’s in public policy includes policy analyst roles at advocacy organizations and in many divisions of the government. There is also a strong demand for policy professionals in think tanks, legal firms, and in the legal and public affairs departments of large corporations.

Master of Science in Public Policy careers might include:

  • Policy analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Paralegal
  • Nonprofit program director
  • Campaign manager
  • City manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Political researcher
  • Human resources director

Begin Your Journey

A graduate degree can open the doors to a range of master’s in public policy jobs. Recent graduates of Drexel’s Master of Science in Public Policy program have gone onto public policy jobs such as:

  • Affirmative action specialist, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Attorney, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Director of Client Services, Rittenhouse Political Partners
  • Research and legal associate, Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Take the Next Steps

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

Prospective Students

Please email coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!