Public policy is a highly disciplined, evidence-based approach to the analysis and solution of contemporary issues, such as fiscal policy, entitlement reform, health care, national security, regulation, education and immigration.
The graduate program in public policy, which offers the master of public policy (MPP) degree, gives you the opportunity to analyze, create and articulate innovative policies responsive to the most challenging issues facing this nation, while respecting and supporting your passion to serve responsibly.
MPP graduates enjoy exciting careers as public policy professionals — running government agencies, leading nonprofit organizations, serving as consultants to corporations or political campaigns, or developing a perspective for a client with a legislative or regulatory agenda. The MPP program will provide you with the analytical and critical thinking skills you need, as well as the professional contacts that will open the door to professional success.
Faculty members in the MPP program are academics, policy experts, legal scholars, and former and current elected officials. Our instructors represent a wide range of policy expertise, including political history, economics, health policy, regulatory policy, lobbying, education policy, constitutional law and quantitative analysis.
Most MPP classes are offered in the evenings, allowing you to gain real-life public policy experience during the day through full-time employment or policy internships. In addition, our flexible dual-degree program gives you the opportunity to enhance your future career by combining your MPP with several other relevant graduate degrees.
The University of Denver's campus is located just minutes from downtown Denver, a regional hub for major corporations, financial institutions, law firms, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and more government offices than any other U.S. city outside of Washington, D.C.