Master of Arts in Public Policy & Administration
Northwestern University

Program Details

The online Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration develops students’ administrative and analytical competence to enable them to rise in the field and drive change at the local, national, and international levels, while being grounded in the perspective that policy challenges are fluid, interconnected, and global.  Students learn to design public policies and programs while evaluating their effectiveness and efficiency; to communicate relevant policy or program information; and to manage public resources to achieve organizational goals.  Graduates are prepared to lead public organizations to implement policy decisions with respect and understanding for the broader institutional, societal, economic, and political environment and to apply a standard of ethics to policy and administrative context.


  • Two letters of recommendation focusing on academic achievement and ability
  • Statement of purpose
  • A writing sample
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts
  • A bachelors degree

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission