The MPP is in its 15th year of successfully recruiting and educating policy leaders for the 21st century.  The on campus version of the program is designed as a full-time two year degree with all coursework taken in residence on the Corvallis campus. Another option is through the online (Ecampus) MPP, which is available for current working professionals.  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. 

Student Numbers

Year Total MPP Majors
2017-18 (including Ecampus MPP) 46
2016-17 39
2015-16 54
2014-15 66
2013-14 62
2012-13 63
2011-12                    61                           
2010-11 52
2009-10 51
2008-09 44
2007-08 28
2006-07 20
2005-06 15
2004-05 08
2003-04               03

Recent cohorts of MPP students have come from universities in Oregon (e.g., Lewis and Clark University, 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 Pittsburgh, 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. 


Graduation Rates

The graduation rate and time of cohorts since 2008 is as follows (two year full time program):

Year Admitted: Cohort Size: Graduates of Cohort to Date Percent Graduated to Date: Length of Time to Completion (mean quarters)* Percent Resident MPP Graduating in 6 Quarters or Less
2017 28 (including Ecampus)        
2016 16  10 62.5% 6.30 quarters 70.0%
2015 22 21  95.4%  6.24 quarters  77.3% 
2014 24 22  91.7% 6.00 quarters  85.7% 
2013 28 26 92.8% 6.04 quarters  85.7%
2012 24 23  95.8%  6.30 quarters  70.8% 
2011 29 27 93.1% 6.30 quarters 75.0%
2010 25 22 88.0% 6.50 quarters 77.3%
2009 18 16 88.9% 6.43 quarters 68.7%
2008 16 15 93.7% 6.48 quarters 68.7%

*Does not include formal leaves of absence; resident MPP students are full-time students while Ecampus MPP students are mostly part-time students and will take longer to finish the program on average.



In 2016 the MPP program conducted a survey of all graduates from 2015 and before to ascertain information on career paths and length of time to find employment. One hundred and forty-five out of the 174 alumni contacted responded to the survey and provided the following feedback concerning employment 6 months after graduation:

  • 35 entered PhD, MS or JD programs
  • 18 research/policy positions in a college or university (e.g., institutional research)
  • 12 research/policy positions in the nonprofit sector
  •   6 professional research contractors
  • 67 government research/policy positions (local, state, federal, international)
  •   2 self employed
  • 14 extension service or other research positions at universities
  •   2 Peace Corps/NSF Fellowship 
  •   2 seeking employment

When asked if their current job was directly related to the MPP degree, alumni responded as follows:

  • 59 percent responded "Yes, it is directly related to my degree"
  • 32 percent responded "It is somewhat related to my degree"
  •   9 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:

  • 63 percent said less than 6 months
  • 22 percent said 6 to 12 months
  • 15 percent said "Not applicable" due to enrollment in additional graduate education