These institutions, so vital to a thriving society, depend on dedicated people with a commitment to service and social justice. They depend on leaders with critical thinking, analytical skills and an advocate's mind.
The master's in public policy at Delaware Valley University has been specifically designed with these needs in mind. Through a combination of theory and practice - in both the classroom and the community - you'll gain the skills and perspective you need for a fulfilling career in public service. Learn more about our students' research and policy interests in our Policy Matters journal.
Social equity and a healthy environment are the foundations of strong, sustainable communities. In DelVal's MPP program, you'll be taught with the values of serving the public with integrity and respect, and pursuing the public interest with a commitment to social justice and accountability.
The degree requires completion of 36 total credits: 21 in the core, 9 in concentration, and 6 in internship or thesis courses.
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (21 CREDITS):
- American Public Policy (new course)
- Writing and Communication for Public Policy (new course)
- Political Economy
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Budget and Finance for the Public Sector (new course)
- Community Based Research
- Policy Analysis
CONCENTRATION (CHOOSE A CONCENTRATION AND TAKE 9 CREDITS):
- Food and Agriculture -agriculture and food production, security, and distribution policy issues
- Community and International Development - socio-economic development, including domestic and international policy issues
- Sustainability and Environment -sustainability questions and environmental questions and policy issues
CAPSTONE (CHOOSE ONE OPTION AND TAKE 6 CREDITS):
Working with faculty advisors, students will choose to complete a thesis, internship, or professional project (with an elective)
- Thesis Option - Appropriate for those considering further graduate study, students will research and present on a topic selected in consultation with faculty and their committee. Thesis students will apply the research methods learned during the coursework.
- Internship Option - Completion of a 200-hour (minimum) internship with a policy organization, including completion and presentation of a reflective paper demonstrating the transdisciplinarity of the program.
- Professional Project - For those employed, the professional project includes completion of an applied, policy project and 1 additional 3-credit elective.