The MPP is in its 12th year of successfully recruiting and educating policy leaders for the 21st century. The program is designed as a full-time two year degree with all coursework taken in residence on the Corvallis campus. We have an increasingly diverse program—in terms of gender, race and ethnicity, and socio-economic status of students—in addition to the growing presence of international students. The program has grown from 3 students in 2003-04 to 66 students in 2014-15.
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Recent cohorts of MPP students have come from universities in Oregon (e.g., University of Oregon, Willamette University, Linfield University, University of Portland, Portland State University, Western Oregon University and Southern Oregon University), universities in other states (e.g., Clark University, University of Tennessee, University of Florida, University of Washington, University of Pittsburg, University of Akron, University of Puget Sound, Loyola University-Maryland, Notre Dame, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Davis, Marquette University, Washington State University, University of Minnesota, Chapman University, University of Illinois, Ohio State University, University of Montana, Brigham Young University, and University of Texas, etc.), and international universities (e.g., Nanjing Institute of Technology-China, Tribhuwan Unversity-Nepal, Zhejiang University-China, University of Costa Rica, McGill University-Canada, University of Indonesia, Seoul University-Korea, etc.).
MPP students also come into the program with a variety of undergraduate and graduate majors including, but not limited to: Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, English, Crop and Soil Science, Women Studies, Asian Studies, Psychology, Public Affairs, History, etc.
The graduation rate and time of cohorts since 2008 is as follows:
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||Length of Time to Completion (mean quarters)*
||Percent Graduating in 6 Quarters
*Does not include formal leaves of absence.
In 2013 the MPP program conducted a survey of graduates from 2012 and before to ascertain information on career paths and length of time to find employment. Seventy-six out of the 90 alumni contacted responded to the survey and provided the following feedback concerning employment:
- 18 were currently students in PhD and JD programs
- 10 held research/policy positions in a college or university
- 13 held research/policy positions in the nonprofit sector
- 4 are professional research contractors
- 28 held government research/policy positions (local, state and federal)
- 3 held extension service positions at universities
- 0 were unemployed
When asked if their current job was directly related to the MPP degree, alumni responded as follows:
- 65 percent responded "Yes, it is directly related to my degree"
- 33 percent responded "It is somewhat related to my degree"
- 2 percent responded "It is not at all related to my degree"
In terms of the length of time to find employment "directly related" or "somewhat related" to the MPP degree, alumni responded:
- 73 percent said less than 6 months
- 3 percent said 6 to 12 mnths
- 24 percent said "Not applicable" due to enrollment in additional graduate education