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

EMPP curriculum

As a student in Oregon State's online Executive Master of Public Policy program, you will engage in online coursework that focuses on mid-career leadership in public and nonprofit sectors. The curriculum's interdisciplinary approach will increase your access to research and practices that are relevant to your field of study and career aspirations.

Degree requirements

The EMPP degree requires the completion of 45 credits in order to graduate. Degree requirements and curriculum information are available on Oregon State's academic catalog or the School of Public Policy's EMPP website.

Specialization and certificate options

You can select an area of focus from a variety of established concentrations, graduate certificates, or you can self-design a concentration with an advisor and approval of the public policy graduate program director. Concentration options range from 16 to 20 credits.

If you successfully complete both a certificate program and the EMPP, you will receive the certificate in addition to the EMPP degree.

Sample course topics

  • Public policy analysis
  • Professional development
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Applied research methods
  • Public organizations and leadership
  • Public policy theory
  • Rural sociology
  • Environmental politics and policy
  • Rural development economics and policy
  • Society and natural resources
  • Social aspects of sustainable natural resources

Additional program features


An applied policy capstone project is required of all EMPP students. The 4-credit capstone project will focus on a policy issue or problem of relevance to your current position or a policy area where you have career or public service aspirations.

Oral examination

Oregon State requires a final oral examination of all master's degree candidates. The exam is intended to test your ability to integrate and interpret material in the major and supporting fields with emphasis on the work presented in the capstone project. You and/or committee members are able to participate from a remote location.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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