Master of Public Policy

About This Program

CSUN’s 100% ONLINE Master of Public Policy with a Concentration in International Development

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s human population lives in cities. Because most demographers expect widespread urban population growth to continue indefinitely, the old public-policy paradigm based on whatever worked in the past is being replaced by an emphasis on solutions that address urban growth’s current challenges. Today, as never before, career advancement for public sector managers and administrators depends on being expertly prepared to respond quickly, creatively and effectively to these myriad challenges.

CSUN’s 36-unit, two-year MPP program emphasizes four core areas: policy analysis, public-sector economics, budgeting procedures and sustainability issues. It is the only public-policy degree program in the United States that focuses on urban public policy- making and its implementation in a comparative international context.

Offered entirely online for the convenience of working public-sector professionals, the CSUN MPP program provides a blend of theory and practice, with contemporary examples from diverse localities to illustrate value differences and their impact on problem solving. It prepares students for leadership positions in complex public policy environments.

The online format makes the program available to regional, national and international professionals who want to assess practices in their own locales and prepares graduates internationally in urban analysis and management.

The outcomes-driven MPP curriculum is taught by distinguished CSUN faculty and urban public policy analysts and administrators. In addition, the MPP program is taught in cohort format, which maximizes student-faculty interaction and fosters the development of networking with fellow participants.


The next online Master of Public Policy (MPP) will include a specialization in international development through a partnership with Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Applications for this program have been placed on hold pending final approval from the CSU Chancellor’s office.