The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is one of UMass Dartmouth's signature academic programs. UMass Dartmouth's MPP degree is especially designed for individuals seeking employment in state, federal, and municipal governments, non-profit organizations, and business, trade, and labor associations. This degree also caters to students interested in career advancement, professional development, or a career change.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that overall employment of social scientists will grow by 1.4% annually through 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that social science "graduates with master's degrees in applied specialties usually have better professional opportunities outside of colleges and universities compared to bachelor's degree holders." By contrast, individuals with only a bachelor's degree in the social sciences "have limited opportunities and in most social science occupations do not qualify for professional positions."
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Who Should Apply?
Students majoring in a variety of the Liberal Arts fields, Business, Engineering, and Nursing will benefit from the hands-on dimension to their education. This degree will make them a valuable resource to public agencies and private businesses that operate within the public policy process. Working professionals seeking to improve their skills and career prospects should also consider applying.
For example, civil engineering firms must navigate the intricacies of local boards and commissions. Business practices and health care institutions are regulated by numerous public policies. Teaching careers and local public schools are increasingly affected by public policy decisions made in Boston or Washington, DC.