Public Policy, MPP

Christopher Bosso, PhD
Graduate Program Director
310 Renaissance Park

Louis DaRos, Graduate Program Administrator, 617.373.5913,

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.

The MPP program offers an optional cooperative education experience (co-op) to eligible students. Cooperative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities experiential liberal arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified master's students with six-month work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, and then bring knowledge and skills gained in community learning spaces back to our campus learning spaces during the cocurricular experiential integration course.

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.

Core Requirements

Methods, Statistics, and Applications Core
LPSC 7305Research and Statistical Methods4
or POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques
or INSH 6500 Statistical Analysis
PPUA 6205Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy4
or INSH 6300 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
PPUA 6509Techniques of Program Evaluation4
or PPUA 6506 Techniques of Policy Analysis
Policy Frameworks and Practice Core
PPUA 6502Economic Institutions and Analysis4
LPSC 7311Strategizing Public Policy4
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs4
Methods and Statistics Elective
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Advanced Quantitative Techniques
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 for Course Credit
PPUA 6862Internship with Research4
Complete 8 semester hours from the Course List.8
Internship Completed Not for Course Credit
PPUA 6861Internship0
Complete 12 semester hours from the Course List.12


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.

Optional Co-op Experience

Requires two consecutive semesters of Co-op Work Experience and Experiential Integration:2
Co-op Work Experience
and Experiential Integration

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

40 total semester hours required (42 with optional co-op)
Minimum 3.000 GPA required