To empower collaborative and innovative leadership and research to address evolving policy challenges.


MPP Program faculty and students engage in innovative research, on all aspects of public policy, that supports ethical and equitable policy decisions at all levels of government, from the local to the global.


Through participation in and successful completion of the MPP program, students will graduate with:

  • The ability to conduct original policy research that extends the knowledge of both policy and other social science disciplines.  
  • Substantive knowledge in an area of concentration that allows for immediate immersion in a relevant policy arena.  
  • Experience in the practice of policy analysis, development, and implementation. This will be demonstrated through applied coursework, OPAL Policy Clinics, and/or the completion of a professional placement that includes a mentoring relationship with a current practitioner.
  • A commitment to both domestic and international diversity, which will allow our students to navigate an increasingly interconnected world, and to work with stakeholders from various backgrounds, and address policy fields that are relevant to a variety of different populations.
  • Skills and experience in designing and presenting in both formal and informal venues with students, practitioners, and community members.  
  • High ethical standards in public policy research, teaching, and service.  
  • The development of a public service ethic resulting in student understanding of the significance of working collectively, in collaboration with the public and prioritizing the desires of citizens, communities, and society at large. 

Alignment of MPP Learning Outcomes with our Graduate School and NASPAA

OSU Master of Public Policy Assessment Plan