CGU’s Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) degree begins and ends with purpose. As an MPP student, you’ll benefit from an emphasis on social justice and human flourishing, transdisciplinarity, a customizable curriculum that aligns with your passions, and proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area—a living laboratory of social and economic issues.

The MPP program will challenge you to think big, but also to think practically. You’ll learn to design and implement transformative public policies, as well as fashion and invigorate institutions and partnerships. Since tomorrow’s policy challenges do not inhabit any one academic domain, you’ll work across disciplines and out into the world, and learn to combine ideas and insights in new ways that matter.

CGU’s proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area will give you firsthand exposure to the most pressing social and economic issues—the growth of immigrant populations, urban environmental impacts like suburban sprawl, environmental injustice, green energy infrastructure, and education reform. In the MPP program, you’ll train with some of the world’s leading experts in these areas, and you can customize your learning experience by combining core courses and electives to align your passion and purpose with pressing social problems.

Program Highlights
  • Design your own specialization based on your interests: urban and regional development, poverty and inequality, public health, water policy, education, international development, and more.
  • Pursue your MPP in conjunction with another degree. Earn a PhD in psychology or a Master’s in Public Health. Apply units from one program to the other to decrease the required total units.
  • Prepare yourself for a high-impact career. CGU alums work in exciting positions in government, business, and non-profits—locally, nationally, and around the world.

Program at a Glance

36 units

1.5 years

Fall | Spring | Summer

Division of Politics & Economics

MA in Public Policy

Featured Courses

PP 323
Racial, Ethnic & Social Minorities in American Politics

Examines the history and strategic position of minority groups in the American political system, focusing on African-Americans, Latinos, Gays, Lesbians, and Jews, to try to gain an understanding of the political history of each group.

PP 338
Policy Design and Implementation

Explores how policy analysis can help us devise better public policies—and then make them work in practice.

PP 330
Public Policy Process

Examines how policy is formed, framed, and filtered in the American political system. Various theories and models of policy making are examined and compared.

PP 309
Women & the Political Process

Provides an overview and a framework for understanding the many ways that women interact with the political system.

PP 482
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Examines regression analysis, focusing partly on theoretical issues and partly on practical problems in applied regression to prepare students for advanced study of econometric techniques.

SPE 315
Game Theory

Analyzes the strategic interaction between individuals, firms, governments, and other groups of people.


The Master of Arts in Public Policy is a 36-unit (10, 4-unit courses) degree program that builds knowledge of current government programs and debates about them. This degree can be completed in 18 months (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).

Core Courses (12 units)

  • Public Policy Process (4 units)
  • Policy Design and Implementation (4 units)
  • Microeconomics and Public Policy (4 units)
  • Practical Experience: students who do not already have experience in the governmental or nonprofit sectors must gain such experience during the MAPP. This can be done in the following two ways:
    • Taking a class classified as a policy clinic OR
    • Doing an internship with a government or nonprofit organization sector

Research Methods (12 units)
Sequence 1
Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis
Sequence 2
Probability, Statistics, and Econometrics

Policy Analytic Methods (8 units)
2 Policy Clinic classes such as Cost-Benefit Analysis or Game Theory

Areas of Substantive Emphasis (8 units)
Students choose one of the following areas of substantive emphasis:
Evaluation in Behavioral/Organizational Science
Health Policy
Diversity Policy
Student-Designed Emphasis

Faculty & Research

  • Heather E. Campbell profile image

    Heather E. Campbell

    Professor, Department of Politics & Government
    Field Chair, Public Policy

    Research Interests

    Public Policy, Urban Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice

  • Robert Klitgaard profile image

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public Policy, Economic Strategy, Institutional Reform, Corruption

  • Jean Reith Schroedel profile image

    Jean Reith Schroedel

    Professor Emerita of Political Science
    Thornton F. Bradshaw Chair

    Research Interests

    Native American voting rights, American political development, women and politics, religion and politics, and congressional policy-making

  • Tarek Azzam profile image

    Tarek Azzam

    Senior Visiting Fellow

    Research Interests

    Social Research and Methodologies, Policy & Program Evaluations, Data Visualization and Evaluation

  • Darleen V. Peterson profile image

    Darleen V. Peterson

    Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate and MPH Programs

    Research Interests

    Evaluation of Health Communication Campaigns, Effects of Pro- and Anti-Tobacco and Alcohol Marketing; Public Health Education

  • Javier Rodríguez profile image

    Javier Rodríguez

    Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

    Public & Health Policy, Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research

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