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  • Master of Arts in Public Policy

    Whether you’re seeking a dynamic career in public service or a bridge to law school, Monmouth’s 30-credit Master of Arts in Public Policy program will provide you with a strong theoretical foundation and a wide array of practical and marketable skills.

    You’ll develop your problem solving skills, the ability to design and manage projects, and the proficiency to manipulate and present quantitative and qualitative information – and you’ll be equipped for grant writing, program evaluation, program implementation, and report preparation and presentation. Choose from an MA in Public Policy comprehensive exam or thesis track to showcase your conceptual, methodological, and application strengths.

    The MA in Public Policy program provides flexibility to students by offering hybrid courses, which consist of in-class sessions interspersed with online classes on alternate weeks. The online component is asynchronous, allowing students to participate when it is most convenient for them.

    Events are offered for students to socialize, network, and further develop their expertise in a policy area. Students are required to attend program-sponsored graduate colloquiums, are invited to on-campus conferences, and can attend social gatherings such as campus sporting events.

Program Director

Stephen Chapman, PhD




  • “The MA in Public Policy is a dynamic program that focuses on a wide array of policy areas. Not only does the program offer contextual knowledge, it also offers the overarching methodological and analytical tools necessary to begin or advance in a career in one of the many positions within the public policy field.”

    Stephen J. Chapman, PhD
    Program Director
    MA in Public Policy
  • Program in Action: Student Highlights

  • Engaging and Relevant Course Types

    Courses in the MAPP program focus on building a strong conceptual understanding of the policy process, sharpening analytical and research skills, and developing student expertise in a policy area. The program consists of the following types of courses:

    Core Courses: 

    The required core courses address the public policy process, the role of policy analysis, and the ethical dimensions of public service.

    Research Design and Methods Courses: 

    These courses prepare students to design research projects, analyze qualitative and quantitative information, and translate results for diverse audiences.

    Elective and Special Topics Courses: 

    These course selections focus on policy implementation (e.g., program management and evaluation) and address policy topics such as the environment, education, and foreign policy.

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  • Program Application Requirements

    Please note: At this time we are only accepting applications for fall of 2017.

    To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:

    • Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA.
    • Two-page typewritten personal statement (approximately 500 words) highlighting personal and/or professional goals and objectives for pursuing graduate study in the field of public policy and public affairs.
    • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the prospective student’s academic and/or professional competence.