Public Policy and Administration (M.P.P.A.)

Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)


Lead teams and develop policies that change lives. Government agencies, nonprofits, and international organizations are actively seeking skilled professionals to take on society’s greatest challenges. The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) prepares students for public service leadership through an interdisciplinary curriculum that blends academic theory with real-world experience. With classes offered on weekday evenings, students can keep momentum in their careers while connecting in-person with MPPA faculty and a diverse student cohort.

Areas of Study

  • Public Management
  • Public Policy
  • International Policy and Management

Next Steps

Accelerated Master’s Program

Earn your master’s degree in less time and at a significant cost savings. Visit our Accelerated Master’s Program webpage to learn about your eligibility for this AMP. Contact your department representative to learn about the application process.

Western Regional Graduate Program

As an eligible resident of a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) member state or territory, you may be admitted to the on-campus format of this program, yet pay resident tuition rates. Only on-campus formats are WRGP eligible. Visit our WRGP webpage to learn about eligibility and the application process. All areas are eligible for the WRGP.


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

Financial Aid