Additional Education

Students interested in pursuing further education in government, politics, and public policy should consider a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) or public policy (MPP). There are a few differences between these two degrees. MPA programs tend to focus more on the techniques of management, while MPP programs emphasize policy research and evaluation. The following links contain more information regarding the top MPA and MPP programs.

NASPAA: MPA & MPP FAQ
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) is responsible for accrediting MPA and MPP programs. Their FAQ page provides further information regarding the differences between these two degrees, admissions to graduate programs, common curricula, and career paths after graduation.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Public Affairs Schools
The U.S. News & World Report ranks public affairs schools every four years. See the most recent ratings in a variety of public affairs specialties, including city management and urban policy, environmental policy and management, health policy and management, public management administration, and public policy analysis.

NASPAA: Search for a Program or School
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) has a directory of MPA and MPP programs that includes self-reported data from the schools.