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Master of Public Policy and Administration

Educating tomorrow’s policy leaders today!

York College’s Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program provides a fresh approach to public policy and public administration studies that combines a student’s past work, with the theoretical framework and practical experiences that will ensure they are able to succeed. Our students are prepared to take on leadership and problem-solving roles—within government, nonprofits, private sector, and advocacy organizations—that will develop and administer public policies for the 21st century.

Designed with working professionals in mind, you can enroll in our program on a full-time or part-time basis. Better yet, we offer all Core Courses and the majority of our MPPA electives at night to allow for a full-time work schedule. In addition, York College offers our MPPA program as a 4+1 degree, allowing undergraduate students in any major to obtain both their Bachelor's and Master's Degree in 5 years. 

The Master of Public Policy and Administration program at York College is designed to provide students with a public service education and train them for leadership and problem-solving roles. By educating students on the methods, techniques, and strategies within public policy and public administration studies, York College MPPA students will better understand the policy challenges and administrative problems facing their organizations or communities, and be able to develop appropriate and applicable solutions in response.

The program offers concentrations in Urban Planning and Nonprofit Leadership (also available as stand-alone certificates) for students with a particular interest in those topics.

At York College’s Master of Public Policy and Administration program, we are here to get to know you, your interests and goals, and personalize the program to ensure that you have the graduate school experience that you desire and deserve.

We are currently accepting applications for the MPPA Scholar-in-Residence program. This program offers to a qualified student a two-year research residency with the Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy. The successful candidate will be provided with full tuition remission for the MPPA program, a rent-free unfurnished apartment, a monthly stipend of $800, and shared workspace.

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Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Contact Us
History and Political Science Department
John Altman, Ph.D., Chair
Humanities Building, 101
Phone: 717.815.1953

Vinny Cannizzaro, MPP
Director, Master of Public Policy
and Administration Program

Campus: Humanities Center, Room 29
Downtown: Center for Community Engagement
59 E. Market St., York, PA 17401
Phone: 717.815.1418