Welcome to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at Michigan State University. Our goal is to give our students the analytic and practical tools to be leaders in their policy careers. Our program prepares students to develop, analyze, and carry out well-grounded and rigorous policies. Combining two highly ranked departments, political science and economics, the MPP program emphasizes training in policy analysis, policy feasibility, and economic and quantitative analysis. MPP graduates seek professional careers in policy analysis, program management, and policy advocacy within the public, private, or non-profit sectors.

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Michigan State University
Department of Political Science
368 Farm Lane
South Kedzie Hall, 303
East Lansing, MI 48824


Master of Public Policy Program Celebrates 13 Graduating Students

Last Friday, May 5, the Master of Public Policy program celebrated 13 graduating students with a luncheon and commencement ceremony Read More »

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Dr. Josh Sapotichne Presented a 2017 Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Award

Dr. Josh Sapotichne was presented with the 2017 Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Award from the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Read More »

IPU-MSU Director Dr. Jan Beecher Shares Infrastructure Commission Report Finds

On February 7 Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University Jan Beecher presented Master of Public Read More »


April 13 the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy Recognized at the Governor Jim Blanchard Service Forum & MSU Master of Public Policy Capstone Forum

Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum & MSU Master of Public Policy Capstone Forum are Proud to Honor The  Honorable Read More »

April 7 Master of Public Policy Info Session

Join Master of Public Policy Director, Valentina Bali, for a information session to learn more about the Master of Public Read More »

April 14 Former Governor Jim Blanchard Talk

Former Governor Jim Blanchard will deliver an informal talk on the November election and its aftermath.



Ian Magnuson, from Battle Creek, Michigan, graduated from Western Michigan University with a double major in German and Global and International Studies, focusing on the European Union and German politics. Ian entered the MPP program in the fall of 2016 and plans to complete his studies in the spring of 2018. Having studied abroad and served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany, his policy interests include international education and sustainable development. His passion for international education led him to start Backyard Global, a website dedicated to empowering Americans to explore the world from their hometown. Ian plans on furthering his professional experience through a summer internship in either of his policy foci and plans on entering the non-profit or government sphere upon graduation.