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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Speaker Series: Paul Elam, Michigan Public Health Institute

Paul Elam, Chief Strategy Officer from the Michigan Public Health Institute, spoke and inspired MPP students on Thursday, September 13. Read More »

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 »

Joshua Sapotichne

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 »


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.


Lauren Hamelink, a second-year Master of Public Policy student, interned with nonprofit organization Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS) in Washington D.C. over the summer.

She connected with the organization through the National Council on US-Arab Relations’ summer internship program, and spent her time organizing fundraising events to promote economic development in Egypt and across North Africa, writing the HANDS newsletters, and attending events in Washington D.C. This internship gave Lauren a better understanding of the complex dynamics of the policy field. The most valuable advice Lauren learned from her internship was to be flexible and open to new opportunities, as you never know where they will lead.

Lauren decided to seek a degree in public policy after the 2016 presidential election because she realized she wanted to be more proactive about making a difference in the world. Lauren’s policy interests are foreign and migration policy, and she hopes to work in policy analysis after graduation. Lauren plans to live in Washington D.C. for the career opportunities, as well as the constant ability to connect with new people and participate in meaningful events. Outside of public policy, Lauren enjoys reading and playing with her cat, Lily.