Program Overview

California State University offers graduate students the opportunity to earn a Master of Public Policy in conjunction with Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). The MPP program is designed to train and educate professionals already working in the field or those seeking the necessary skills to enter the line of work. The increases of urban populations, around the world and locally, have created a need of new and innovative public policies, applicable to the new generations and technologically current.

The exponential improvements of healthcare, governmental influences and technology have enabled entire communities to not only maintain, but to thrive. Earning the advanced education in Public Policy will give graduates the skills and abilities to perform leadership and administrative roles required when implementing plans of action. MPP graduates must be able to assess situations with creativity, effectiveness and foresight to ensure the most positive outcome for all involved. The Masters curriculum emphasizes four core areas: 1.policy analysis 2.public-sector economics 3.budgeting procedures 4.sustainability issues.

Students of the MPP program will complete 11 required courses, as well as a final culminating course to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the primary objectives for graduation. The core courses are comprised of essential topics that build on already learned foundations while also enhancing interests such as: Theoretical Approaches of Policy Making, Applied Policy Research and Quantitative Analysis, Policy Analysis, Leadership, Ethics and Practical Policy Management, and Public and Nonprofit Budgeting.

The MPP program provides a blend of theory and practice, with contemporary concepts of urban planning and the importance of strategic problem solving. Graduates will be well prepared for leadership positions in complex public policy environments in regional, national and international professions.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted.

    School Overview

    California State University, Northridge is a public university located in Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley that was established in 1958. Formerly San Fernando Valley State College, this school originated as the first satellite campus of California State University. In 1972, the University changed its name to the current name, California State University, Northridge. CSUN has nine colleges, offering undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, several education degrees, and a DPT degree.


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