Master of Public Policy

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The Master of Public Policy (MPP) at William Paterson University is centered on educating students to become critical and creative policy thinkers.  Our program is centered on training students to think critically about public policy and to provide them with the required tools for understanding and creating public policy.  Our program emphasizes courses in applied policy areas from environmental policy to immigration, social inequality, public management, urban policy, labor policy, and much more. Our faculty is highly distinguished in their respective fields and our courses are designed to train students to be able to understand the complex relations between the economic, political and social dimensions of public policy. The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum provides the training you need to become an effective innovator and problem solver by integrating the practical and theoretical, and the domestic and international dimensions of policy making and management.

Students from our program have gone on to work in public policy, government, policy research, academia, journalism, law, non-profit management, NGOs, and many other fields.  Our curriculum is designed to train you regardless of your educational background, so no previous training in public policy or social science is required. We also have designed our courses so that they can be taken in the evening for those with full-time jobs.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)

Contact Us

Professor Michael Thompson
Program Director, Department of Politics, Legal Studies and Urban Science 
thompsonmi@wpunj.edu
973-720-3874

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional sources.
  • Writing sample, preferably a graded paper or a paper that has been written in pursuit of one’s professional work.
  • Minimum verbal score of 152 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a minimum score of 399 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  • Applicants lacking a foundation of undergraduate course work in political science or the social sciences may be required to take appropriate undergraduate courses in the discipline.