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In the Accelerated Master’s Platform (AMP), you can take graduate classes in public policy, apply those credits to major requirements, and transfer them to the Master of Public Policy (MPP)  degree.  Up to 22 graduate credits will count towards your bachelor's degree and transfer to the MPP program.

The AMP is an excellent opportunity for students who want to get a head start on their Master of Public Policy degree and are passionate about getting the skills they’ll need to engage with and support ethical and equitable policy decisions at all levels of government from the local to the global.


Why Public Policy?

As a student in the AMP, you will learn from world-class scientists working on issues significant to 21st-century citizens. As populations continue to become more connected and interdependent, these issues promise to affect us more broadly, quickly, and with more impact than ever before. New forms of governance and problem-solving are being tested and studied at OSU to address these issues. As a graduate of the MPP interdisciplinary program, you will learn to integrate groundbreaking science into emerging policies, practices, and understandings of the world that will impact and influence local, regional, and international policy decisions.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) offers students the flexibility to explore topics ranging from energy policy, environmental policy, international policy, law and crime policy, rural policy, and social policy or design their own unique concentration.

Graduates of the MPP program have careers as policy analysts, consultants, coordinators, advisors, legislative aids and analysts, researchers, program managers, and many other diverse careers in federal, state, and local government and the nonprofit sector.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Must first meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator, Erin Heim, before applying
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • Proposed plan of study (what courses will be taken at the graduate level)
  • Interested students should talk to their academic advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator, Erin Heim, no later than their junior year.
  • Eligible undergraduate students apply in their junior year (at least four terms before your anticipated graduate term). Complete the online application via the Graduate School.
  • Up to twenty-two graduate credits can be taken during senior year and will count towards the bachelor’s degree and the MPP. Upon completing the undergraduate degree, AMP students are enrolled in the MPP if they earned a B or better in all graduate-level coursework and maintained an overall 3.0 OSU GPA.
  • If you have more questions, visit the Graduate School’s Frequently Asked Questions for the Accelerated Master's Platform page or contact Erin Heim.

If you meet the criteria below, you are eligible!

  • Enrolled in the B.S. in Public Policy, Sociology, or Political Science undergraduate degree program, either Ecampus or resident (post-bac students are not eligible).
  • Have completed at least 105 credits of the required 180 credits for a bachelor's degree at the time of application. This is equivalent to junior standing.
  • A minimum OSU 3.25-grade point average for completed OSU undergraduate coursework.
  • Meet the English language proficiency standards per the Graduate Catalog.
  • International students will need a proper visa/I-20 once the graduate program starts.

To learn more about how the AMP in public policy, contact the School of Public Policy Graduate Program Coordinator, Erin Heim.