Public Policy, BA/MPP

Public Policy, BA/MPP

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Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Policy



Humanities and Social Sciences


Next Classes Start

May 20, 2024

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Program at a Glance

The Master of Public Policy prepares you to engage effectively in policy research, analysis, management, and program evaluation. You’ll gain a solid foundation in policymaking as well as in the analytic tools you’ll use to evaluate policy proposals and implement programs.

Program Coordinator : Daniel Bowen,


  • full time: in as few as 5 years
  • part time: varies


  • On campus


  • per credit

Who Should Pursue This Program?

This combined master’s program is designed for recent graduates, and TCNJ seniors needing specialized training in policy analysis and policymaking to advance their careers. This program is an attractive option for those in government, public affairs and advocacy, nonprofit organizations, public health, education, business, or any field heavily influenced by public policy.

Extensive Network

Study alongside peers with public policy experience, learn from faculty with valuable contacts in their field, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections. Opportunities abound at the New Jersey State House, numerous state agencies, and policy organizations located in the Trenton–Ewing region.

First-year and transfer applicants may apply for accelerated bachelor's to master's degrees. Admission into the graduate portion of the program is based on performance at the undergraduate level. Current undergraduate TCNJ students may be eligible for an accelerated program by meeting program requirements and should consult with the intended program’s coordinator for more information.

Online application and all supplemental documents must be submitted to the Admission Committee of the Political Science Department.

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Writing sample
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Name(s) of two TCNJ academic references
  • Current resume or CV
  • 3.0 minimum GPA

The one to two-page personal essay should describe your academic and career objectives and how participation in the TCNJ Master of Public Policy program will advance your personal and professional goals. The brief writing sample (3-5 pages) should give the admission committee a good sense of your academic and professional writing ability. The writing sample can be from work you have submitted for a previous course or a policy-related job or internship. Submitting a portion of a longer written work is acceptable.


We consider applications on a space-available basis. You can apply up to and including the first day of the semester.

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The Graduate Studies site provides curriculum for this program.

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TCNJ students pay undergraduate tuition and fees for the undergraduate portion of the program. When students matriculate into the graduate portion of the program, they pay graduate tuition and fees. Financial aid and assistantships are available.

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