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Lead Change.

Our Public Policy Program equips you to become a change maker in your community. 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, political, and analytical tools to find solutions to the emerging issues of our time, such as criminal justice reform, gender and income equity and opportunity, and climate change. The MPP combines a strong analytic foundation, advanced training for policy leadership, and a focus on local policy innovation. You'll engage in live case work that leverages our strong ties to the community. 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 develop policy solutions to a current community challenge. If you seek business as well as policy skills, consider earning a joint MPP/MBA at Mills.

You may complete either public policy degree option as a full- or part-time student. You'll benefit from small classes, one-on-one mentoring, and flexible scheduling, which empower you to focus on your skills, passions, and goals. Our location in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region at the forefront of policy innovation, provides myriad opportunities for experiential learning and networking with civic leaders and policy professionals.

Your professors will include accomplished scholars as well as elected officials. Recent visiting faculty have included:

  • Lori Droste, MPP ’11, Berkeley City Councilmember
  • Malia Vella, Alameda City Councilmember
  • Rob Bonta, California Assemblymember, District 18
  • Sharon Cornu, Former Deputy Mayor of Oakland

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and learn from policy mentors who are Mills MPP graduates or other civic leaders. You’ll find a supportive community of peers, including experienced policy professionals and recent college graduates.

After you graduate, you’ll be ready for a career of leadership in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, electoral politics, and business.

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