Public Policy, MPP

Christopher Bosso, PhD
Graduate Program Director
310 Renaissance Park

Jenn Mocarski
Graduate Program Administrator
310 Renaissance Park

CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is the recognized industry standard for those seeking careers in public policy analysis and design. As such, a typical MPP degree emphasizes the analysis of data and other relevant information to enable graduates to assess public problems, develop appropriate policy responses, and evaluate program effectiveness. MPP graduates enter careers as policy analysts, researchers, consultants, program evaluators, and policymakers in a broad range of public and nonprofit settings, ranging from the local to the international, and in the private sector. At Northeastern, the MPP joins our long-established and nationally accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) as well as our Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy (MURP), Urban Informatics, and International Affairs. As such, MPP students will be part of a larger School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs community of great intellectual and policy area diversity.

Academic Standing/Progress 

Students in the program are monitored for academic progress. Those students whose grade-point average (GPA) falls below a 3.000 are notified by and meet with the director of academic programs. They are counseled that if their GPA does not rise to a 3.000 or higher, they run the risk of not graduating and are advised on strategies for improvement. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

Methods, Statistics, and Applications Core
LPSC 7305Research and Statistical Methods3
or POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques
PPUA 6205Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy3
PPUA 6509Techniques of Program Evaluation3
Policy Frameworks and Practice Core
LPSC 6313Economic Analysis for Law, Policy, and Planning3
LPSC 7311Strategizing Public Policy3
PPUA 6506Techniques of Policy Analysis3
PPUA 6525Institutions and Public Policy3
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs3
Methods and Statistics Elective
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Advanced Quantitative Techniques
Applied Cases in Advanced Quantitative Methodology
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Decision Making
Big Data for Cities
Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy

Internship Requirement

An approved internship or waiver is required.

Internship Waived 

Complete 12 semester hours from the Course List.12

Internship Completed Not for Course Credit

PPUA 6861Internship0
Complete 12 semester hours from the Course List.12

Internship Completed for Course Credit 

PPUA 6862Internship with Research3
Complete 9 semester hours from the Course List.9


No specialization is required. If you wish to pursue a specialization, please consult the program director. Specializations can include policy analysis and statistics, sustainability and climate change, urban informatics, law and policy, health policy, security and resilience.

Course List

PPUA 5000 to PPUA 7999
LPSC 5000 to LPSC 7999
CRIM 5000 to CRIM 7999 (by advisement only)
ECON 5000 to ECON 7999 (by advisement only)
ENGL 5000 to 7999 (by advisement only)
HIST 5000 to HIST 7999 (by advisement only)
POLS 5000 to POLS 7999 (by advisement only)
SOCL 5000 to SOCL 7999 (by advisement only)

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

39 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required