Public Policy, MPP

Public Policy, MPP

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Master of Public Policy



Humanities and Social Sciences


Next Classes Start

August 27, 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. Complete your degree full time in only 18 months to two years or as part of a flexible, part-time program.

Program Coordinator : Daniel Bowen,


  • full time: 2 years or less
  • part time: up to 6 years


  • On campus

Master’s Thesis

  • required


  • courses


  • credits


  • per credit

Who Should Pursue This Program?

Designed for professionals, recent graduates, and TCNJ seniors who want specialized training in policy analysis and policymaking, this program is an attractive option for those who work in government, public affairs, and advocacy as well as those in the nonprofit, public health, education, and business fields — or any other fields 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.

For your application to be considered complete, you must submit the online application and all supplemental documents.

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Writing sample
  • Earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts (Advanced undergraduates or non-matriculated students may be permitted to take some classes with instructor and chair permission, consistent with TCNJ policy.)
  • Current resume or CV
  • Application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A national standardized admission test score is optional
  • Additional documents from international applicants seeking to study in the United States

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.

See graduate application requirements

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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We offer the same tuition rates no matter where you live. And there are a range of financial aid and assistantship options for TCNJ graduate students.

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