Overview

Preparing students to be leaders 
and advocates for justice and equity.

Preparing students to be leaders
and advocates for justice and equity.

Master of Public Policy Program Highlights

  • Train to be a policy and advocacy leader fostering a more equitable and just society.
  • Earn your degree in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
  • Create a schedule that works for you with evening classes.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Adler University’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program allows students to channel their passion for public policy and social advocacy, and prepares them to become leaders in the field. Our academically rigorous curriculum teaches how to effectively use policy to bring about positive social change in the community, with a focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating policy initiatives that promote not only health, but also political, social, and economic justice.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and goodwill, and is delivered using a social change approach, with a deep commitment to social justice and communities. Students get unique perspective into the implementation of policy within the public administration arena via several shared core courses attended by both MPP and MPA students. In the MPP program, students gain special insight into how policy is implemented, how it addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and how and when policy reform takes place to improve initial policy solutions or to address changes within society.

With Adler University, students go beyond the skill-based necessities and technicalities of creating policy, and delve into the spirit of how policy can make a difference at the local, state and national level. Adler University is also a recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners to be change agents at the community level.

The 36-hour MPP curriculum blends core coursework in public policy, leadership, research, and ethics with relevant, practical experience through a Capstone project and Social Justice Practicum.

Concentrations

Students select from two specialized concentrations – Community Health or Human Rights Advocacy – for professional development in the program that fits their passion and career goals.

  • The Community Health concentration prepares graduates to lead government policy and advocacy efforts that advance positive social change in communities. With cities around the world facing unprecedented population growth, this concentration trains students to work toward creating urban environments that promote mental health and well-being. Students focus on the role of participatory governance and community collaboration to counter urban environmental risk factors and improve overall well-being.
     
  • In the Human Rights Advocacy concentration, students learn how to lead policy and advocacy efforts that foster human rights and social justice domestically and internationally. This concentration trains policy professionals to work in governmental, nonprofit, or private sectors applying established human rights standards, laws, and treaties. Students focus on broader social, economic, political, and environmental issues in a theoretical and historical context within our practice-based curriculum.

Careers

The range of opportunities in public policy continues to grow, within national, state, and local governments; research centers; consulting firms; community action groups; and NGOs and direct service providers in the United States and around the world. Our program is designed to prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and experience for roles specializing in healthy communities, such as:

  • Policy analyst or researcher
  • Program administrator
  • Community organizer
  • Nonprofit or for-profit community service provider
  • Project manager
  • Advocacy and policy council strategist
  • Community development specialist
  • Municipal planning and development
  • Community leadership or advocacy
  • Government representative or legislator

The range of opportunities in public policy continues to grow: with national, state, and local governments; research centers; consulting firms; community action groups; and NGOs and direct service providers in the United States and around the world.

Upon completion graduates become members of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.

Professional Development & Training

Working with the University’s network of hundreds of community partners, students get hands-on policy experience and cultivate the skills to become agents of positive social change. As part of the Master of Public Policy, students will participate in two experiences designed to apply classroom learnings to real-world settings.

Students complete an experiential Capstone project in their specific area of professional interest working with a governmental, community, advocacy, or nonprofit organization. During the Capstone, they will work individually or as part of a team to improve a public policy or service by using Adlerian principles to align with and advocate for social justice.

Alfred Adler’s focus on community life, prevention, and population health serves as the inspiration for the Social Justice Practicum. Students gain real-world experience working with a partner organization to advance real social change in the community. Alongside this engaged learning experience, students also attend a set number of accompanying workshops. 

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed with working professionals in mind and can either be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Courses are offered in the evenings.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.