Master's in Public Policy and Administration Degree

M.A. in Public Policy and Administration

National Louis University's new Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration will provide you with a solid foundation in both academic theory and practical methodology. You'll learn how to review, analyze, shape and administer programs and policies in local, state and federal governments, as well as non-profit organizations and private sector businesses.
NEW! Specialize in one of three cutting-edge concentrations in Health Services Administration, Global Social Policy or Public Service Administration.

Consider getting your M.A. in Public Policy and Administration degree at NLU if you:

  • Have a bachelor's degree
  • Desire to enhance the capacity of communities and advocate for change
  • Want to pursue a career in governmental or nongovernmental organizations
  • Aspire to become a policymaker, public administrator or community advocate
  • Aim to specialize in Health Service Administration, Global Social Policy or Public Service Administration
  • Seek small class sizes that ensure collaboration with classmates and individual interaction with professors

Why NLU For Public Policy and Administration

Students interested in social and human services typically have a strong desire to help improve lives -- by working directly with communities or by implementing policies. At National Louis University, we embrace your desire to make your dreams a reality and make a difference in the world.

A Convenient, Supportive Environment

NLU recognizes many students are balancing work and family while in school, so courses are scheduled to accommodate those important commitments. Plus, NLU students begin the program with a group of colleagues who remain together throughout the course of study. This group offers a network of support and camaraderie from day one until graduation and beyond.

What You Will Learn

  • How to engage in, shape and administer public policy
  • How to understand the impact of urban, social and public policies
  • How to use analytical and problem-solving skills
  • How to analyze policy data
  • How to apply research design and methodology to public policy issues

Career Outlook

There is increasing demand within the public sector for professionals who understand the public policy process and can analyze and evaluate policy proposals. An understanding of the role of government and the interface between the private and public sectors is also essential for those who see their future employment in the private sector.

Professionals in these fields lead efforts to plan for change. They are involved in analysis, preparation of recommendations, and implementation of policies and programs that affect public services and the quality of community life. These professionals also assume responsibility for planning, policy, and management in community and regional development, natural resources, economic development, land use, transportation, and law enforcement. Master of Arts in Public Policy graduates can pursue a career in areas such as:

  • Community and regional development
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Land use
  • Law enforcement
  • Natural resources
  • Transportation

Public Policy Master's Program Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).


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