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Lead Change.

Our Public Policy Program equips you to become a change maker in contexts where politics and policies interact to shape people’s lives, ranging from local government to community lending. As part of the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, we offer two graduate policy degrees: the master of public policy (MPP) and the joint master’s degree in public policy and business administration (MPP/MBA).

As an MPP student, you’ll gain advocacy and policy analysis tools for leading the response to emerging social, economic, and political issues—such as criminal justice reform, gender and income equity and opportunity, and climate change. Typically requiring two years for full-time students, the MPP combines a strong analytic foundation with hands-on learning opportunities in San Francisco Bay Area government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The program culminates in the Master’s Policy Report, for which you’ll serve as a pro bono policy consultant to a local government or nonprofit client, helping them develop policy solutions to a pressing community challenge.

If you’re interested in working on cross-sectoral issues at the intersection of government, nonprofits, and business, or if you want increased career flexibility, you can earn the joint MPP/MBA in three years as a full-time student.

A diverse, collaborative community will support you throughout your degree program. In your first year, you’ll be matched with a mentor who is a Mills MPP graduate. You’ll meet classmates who are experienced policy professionals seeking to deepen their skills as well as recent college graduates who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Your professors will include elected officials in local government as well as accomplished scholars. You'll have flexibility in your scheduling, small classes, and experiential learning throughout your time with us. Through our community, you’ll expand your professional networks and explore your career options.

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