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Director’s Message

Welcome to the master’s degree in Public Policy Program at Mills College.

We’re looking for women and men who aspire to help solve challenging public policy problems. Whether it is protecting the environment, fighting poverty, improving transportation, or ensuring access to healthcare, you will need the right training to put your passion for making a difference to work. The Mills College master’s degree in public policy (MPP) is designed to provide exactly that.

In our MPP Program, you will gain a wide range of essential analytic tools drawn from the disciplines of economics, law, philosophy, ethics, management, and political science—enabling you to arrive at a deeper understanding of public issues and potential courses of action. You will apply policy theory to many real-world problems, culminating in the Master’s Policy Report, which you will conduct for an external client as your final project. As you learn how to inform action with analytics, you will be preparing for a broad range of roles in advocacy, government, nonprofit, or corporate policy-making arenas.

The caliber of education that you will receive here rivals that of leading research universities. Our liberal arts focus, combined with a location in the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, provides you with a rich learning environment. You will have direct, ongoing access to faculty with real-world experience, as well as access to local policy makers for real-time insight into the challenges facing us today. With numerous examples of local, regional, and state government and nonprofit organizations in the area, you can gain exposure to policy making at multiple levels.

Finally, our program is personal. We want to help you find your unique policy niche. Here, you can explore your interests in a highly supportive environment. Our faculty is personally involved in your learning and committed to giving you the time and attention that only a small class environment can deliver.

At Mills, we are preparing the next generation of policy makers and leaders. If you’re ready to begin making a difference, start here.

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Carol Chetkovich

Program Director

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P: 510.430.2147
F: 510.430.2304
E: ppol@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 12/2/13