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


MPP Student Lauren Lahie Awarded Goodman Scholarship

Lauren Lahie, a first year Master of Public Policy student, was recently awarded the George and Judith Goodman Scholarship by Read More »

MPP Speaker Series: Susan Reed

Susan Reed, Managing Attorney at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, spoke with MPP students on Thursday, October 18 about her experience Read More »

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 »


MPP Speaker Series: Aaron Seybert

Join the MPP program on Thursday, November 8th at 5:00pm for part three of the Fall Speaker Series. The featured Read More »

November 2 Master of Public Policy Informational Session

Join Master of Public Policy Director, Joshua Sapotichne, for an informational session to learn more about the MPP Program. RSVP 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 »


Josiah Bear, a first year Master of Public Policy student, entered into the public policy field this past fall with a strong desire to help people who are struggling. Josiah is interested in family policy and individual rights, and hopes to eventually work with families through the Department of Human Services or a similar agency.

This past spring, Josiah worked as a coordinator for the 4-H Capitol Experience program through Michigan State University Extension. The 4-H Capitol Experience program brings 100 high-school students to Lansing to learn about policy, civil engagement, and leadership. In his role as coordinator, Josiah scheduled visits with legislators, state agencies, community partners, and lobbyists around Michigan to speak with the group, and even organized a mock House and Senate simulation to help the students understand how government functions day-to-day. This internship confirmed Josiah’s passion for policy and working with youth.

Josiah believes that networking and building strong relationships is key to a successful career in policy and also notes “honesty and dedication do not go unnoticed.”