Credits required
54 or 45 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 54 or 45 quarter credits are equal to 36 or 30 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$571 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the MPP curriculum or the EMPP curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Master of Public Policy – Online

Become a policy leader for the 21st century

When social, economic and environmental issues arise, policymakers are the first to step into the fray. Oregon State University’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) online degree programs will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in policy career fields.

Bob Horton, Executive Master of Public Policy student

Fire chief Bob Horton is able to apply what he learns online in the Executive Master of Public Policy program directly to his work serving his local community. Read Bob's story »

The discipline of policy is closely connected to the practice of policy design, implementation, and assessment. As a student in one of these interdisciplinary programs housed at a leading research university, you'll learn to integrate groundbreaking science into emerging policies and practices that will impact and influence local, regional and international policy decisions.

Master of Public Policy

The 54-credit MPP program is designed for careers in domestic or international organizations, and is beneficial for:

  • Professionals seeking career advancement
  • Professionals transitioning from the private sector to public service
  • Recent graduates wanting to pursue policy careers

Executive Master of Public Policy

Strengthen your foothold as a policy practitioner and gain the knowledge that will help you transition from the private sector to public service by earning your Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) degree online from Oregon State.

Tailored for mid-career professionals, this 45-credit program is shorter than the MPP offering because it takes into account your status as a practitioner with 5+ years in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Quality, rigorous programs


Oregon State’s MPP program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the global standard in public service education. 

Benefits of earning your degree online from Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by Oregon State's renowned faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU's online students receive the same diploma and transcript as on-campus students.

Accelerated Master’s Platform for undergrad students

Oregon State’s Accelerated Master’s Platform allows current undergraduate public policy students to take graduate-level courses online that will be applied to their bachelor’s degree, and the credits earned will be transferred to the Master of Public Policy program. Earn graduate credits and apply them to both degrees as a student in the AMP program. Undergraduate students enrolled in Ecampus graduate courses will pay the graduate tuition and fees rate.


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