Credits required
62 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 62 or 45 quarter credits are equal to 41.33 or 30 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
100% online You can complete all courses in this program 100% online. View the curriculum.
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Master of Public Policy – Online

EMPP curriculum

Oregon State’s Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP) degree requires the completion of 45 credits. The program course work focuses on mid-career leadership in public and nonprofit sectors, and the interdisciplinary approach will increase your access to research and practices that are relevant to your field of study and career aspirations.

In place of the optional practicum and internship requirements, the Oregon State EMPP focuses on a capstone project that aligns with your goals and work-life balance.

45-credit executive master degree program

Core coursework: 29 credits

ECON 539 – Public Policy Analysis (4 credits)
PPOL 507 – Professional Development Seminar for First Year Students
PPOL 521 – Understanding Social Research (4 credits)
PPOL 522 – Conducting Social Research (4 credits) -or- PPOL 523-Qualitative Research Methods (4 credits)
PPOL 524 – Applied Research Methods (4 credits)
PPOL 511 – Public Organizations and Leadership (4 credits)
PPOL 512 – Public Policy Theory (4 credits)

Concentration options

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

Students who successfully complete both the certificate program and the MPP, will receive the certificate in addition to the MPP degree.

Applied Policy Capstone (PPOL 501): 6 credits

A capstone project is required of all EMPP students. The 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.

OSU requires a final oral examination of all master's candidates. The examination 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. It is permissible for you and/or committee members to participate from a remote location.

For more information on curriculum and admissions, visit the Oregon State Executive Master of Public Policy website, or contact:

Lena Cottam
Assistant to the Graduate Director


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