The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a policy-focused degree program that provides students with the analytical skills necessary to address important regional policy concerns like border security, environmental sustainability and natural resource policy. By focusing on regional policy issues, the program prepares students to lead the way in formative policy analysis that will directly affect their community and state.
This MPP program prepares students to work in several different areas of the public sector, such as federal, state, and local government agencies, nonprofit agencies, as well as private consulting firms as researchers and analysts. MPP programs place an emphasis on analyzing policy, creating policy, and solving existing policy problems using quantitative and qualitative data. Earning an MPP degree at the University of Arizona prepares students to start or continue public and private sector work with a better understanding of policy and policy development. Because of the academic rigor of the program, this can also prepare students to continue on to certain PhD programs.
The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – Political Science and Public Administration and Policy - and bringing them under a single roof. Located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a new model for public affairs education by promoting high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.
By offering leading programs in political science, international relations, public policy, and public management, SGPP prepares students for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
GRE test scores are not required for admission to the Master of Public Policy program, however, it may be taken and submitted to reflect evidence of quantitative analysis capability.
International students must submit one of the following test scores for English proficiency:
Please note that most gradaute student funding opportunities are based on available academic funding, and therefore limited in nature.
Please see the following webpages for additional funding options:
Fall Application Deadlines:
Fall applications will open early December of each year. Complete applications will be reviewed starting early February for admission consideration.
Spring Application Deadlines:
Spring applications will open mid-March of each year. Complete applications will be reviewed starting early September for admission consideration.
Deadlines that fall on a non-standard business day or holiday, applications will be due no later than 5pm (MST/AZ time) on the next available business day following the deadline. Please contact our department at SBSemail@example.com if you have further questions on these deadlines.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
1903, 2204, 4801, 4310
24 units (3 units/course)
Any course substitutions will need prior review and approval by the Program Director and Graduate Programs Manager.
Minimum GPA in core coursework: 3.0
15 units required (3 units/course)
To help students select courses in areas that may develop career objectives, a list of elective coursework is available and categorized in specified concentrations. Students are welcome to take all elective coursework from one concentration or take elective coursework from multiple concentration areas of interest.
No more than 12 units of elective coursework may be taken outside of the School of Government & Public Policy and must be at the graduate level. Students are responsible for adhering to this policy. Please note that not every course will be offered every semester or academic year.
The following courses are considered approved electives within specific concentrations:
Environmental Management & Water Policy
Law & Criminal Justice Policy
Courses not currently on this comprehensive list will need to be reviewed and approved by the Program Director and Graduate Programs Manager prior to enrollment.
Minimum GPA in elective coursework: 3.0
Capstone - PA 594 (3 units)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.