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.

Helping Democracy Go Viral

Howard Cohen MPP 2018 wants to strengthen democracies globally and empower local populations through an online civic engagement tool called Vote Compass: “When you aggregate data from an incredible amount of individuals in the population, you’re giving them a voice. Big data creates big possibilities.”

Howard Cohen MPP 2018

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.