The Public Policy Program at Mills College provides graduate students with the analytical tools and access to innovative policy makers needed to turn passion into effective action. Students may choose between a master of public policy (MPP) degree or the new joint MPP/MBA degree.
The Mills MPP degree provides students with the skills and perspectives required to formulate, implement, evaluate, and advocate on behalf of public policies. This two-year professional degree program integrates two levels of course work, providing students with a strong analytic foundation and advanced professional training. Students learn how to assess public problems; develop creative solutions that are efficient, equitable, and feasible; navigate ethics, law, and politics; and implement ideas. The MPP Program prepares students for public policy leadership and analysis in government, politics, and nonprofit organziations.
The public policy program is a part of the Lokey School of Business and Public Policy and is co-located with the management programs in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy building. Masters in public policy students have access to a shared Career Services Office and many student clubs and co-curricular opportunities that are available to students in all public policy and management programs.
The joint master's degree in public policy and business administration program (MPP/MBA) is a streamlined, three-year joint degree track that provides students with cross-sector competencies in leadership, management, analysis, and development of innovative policies and strategies. The joint MPP/MBA Program prepares students to assume positions of influence in careers that span business, government, and nonprofit organizations.
The capstone project for the MPP and joint MPP/MBA degree programs is a Master's Policy Report that enables students to conduct hands-on policy analysis for an external governmental, nonprofit, or cross-sectoral client organization or partnership. Working with an advisor, students assess policy alternatives, evaluate program effectiveness, design a new program or service model, and/or plan strategies for organizational improvement—gaining valuable real-world experience in making a difference.