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.
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Master of Public Policy – Online

MPP curriculum

Oregon State's Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree requires the completion of 62 credits. Required coursework provides you with practical experience in working collaboratively with the public and prioritizing the desires of citizens, communities and society at large. This is accomplished through:

  • Experience conducting original policy research that extends the knowledge of both policy and other social science disciplines.
  • Practical exercises navigating our increasingly interconnected world through connecting with stakeholders from various backgrounds and addressing policy fields relevant to a variety of populations.
  • The development of a public service ethic through service learning projects incorporated into courses that involve public partners in mutually beneficial, community-driven efforts.

62-credit master degree program

Core coursework: 46 credits

MPP 507 – Professional Development Seminar for First Year Students (1 credit)
MPP 507 – Professional Development Seminar for Second Year Students (1 credit)
ECON 517 – Microeconomics for MPP (4 credits)
ECON 524 – Econometrics (4 credits)
ECON 539 – Public Policy Analysis (4 credits)
PPOL 511 – Public Organizations and Leadership (4 credits)
PPOL 512 – Public Policy Theory (4 credits)
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)

Applied Policy Capstone (PPOL 501): 6 credits

The capstone (MPP essay) is a program requirement for graduation. The project should focus on a policy issue/problem of relevance to your current position or a policy area applicable to your 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.

Concentration and certificate options: 16-20 credits

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.

Optional internship: 10 credits for pre-service students - or 10 credits of additional electives.

You will work with your advisor to create an internship or select from several options available through OSU.

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

For additional curriculum information, contact:
Lena Cottam
Assistant to the Graduate Program Director


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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