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The Expertise of Problem Solving


Intellectual honesty. A hunger for evidence. Familiarity with a wide range of analytic methods. An urge to extract answers from the clutter of real-world public problems.

Those are just some of the characteristics of someone who pursues the Master in Public Policy (MPP). It’s a rigorous two-year program that prepares you to understand complex problems and craft concrete solutions. Through courses, exercises and fieldwork, you master concepts and skills that draw on the social sciences but are adapted for action.

A defining feature of the MPP is its relevance: You can take what you learn here, apply it in the real world and deliver results.

Ratna Gill MPP 2022 learned about a 14-year-old boy named Emmett Till that would help frame her study of policy. For Black History Month, Gill organized "Telling Black Stories: What We All Can Do," an event that, with help from the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, featured an unlikely set of panelists. 

The Complete MPP

At the heart of the program is a core curriculum that lets you learn across a range of areas. Classes are taught using a combination of traditional lectures and the case method, which was pioneered at Harvard. You will work with world-renowned faculty members in a collaborative environment.

Best of all, your classmates will be as diverse and interesting as the issues you investigate and the problems you solve.