PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Mills College

Public Policy Program

www.mills.edu/publicpolicy

Passion for making a difference is important. But to create a lasting impact, you need more. A master of public policy (MPP) degree from Mills College will provide you with the skills and experiences needed to take action and achieve meaningful change.

Whether you aspire to advance educational equity, alleviate poverty, protect the environment, or reform the criminal justice system, the Mills Public Policy Program will equip you with the analytic tools necessary for success. You will learn how to assess public problems, develop creative solutions, and implement your ideas. Our program will teach you to formulate policy solutions that are efficient, equitable, and feasible.

Students graduate from our program with solid experience and the interpersonal and political acumen needed to navigate effectively in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

 

Degrees Offered

- Master of Public Policy (MPP) -- fulltime and part-time

- Joint Master of Public Policy (MPP)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) -- fulltime

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Due to the versatility of the MPP degree, students select their own self-designed fields of specialization in a wide array of policy areas. Examples include but are not limited to the policy arenas of:
- Agriculture, Food
- Children, Families
- Community / Economic Development
- Criminal Justice
- Disaster Response
- Education
- Environment, Energy
- Gender Equity, LGBTQ
- Health, Wellness
- Housing
- Human Rights, Civil Rights
- International Development
- Legislative Affairs, Politics
- Poverty Alleviation, Social Welfare
- Rural Issues
- Transportation
- Urban Planning, Land Use

In addition to taking required and elective classes at Mills, students may cross-register for courses at local institutions such as University of California - Berkeley.

Area Studies

See the fields of specialization listed above.

Graduate Program Overview

Mills College has a long-standing commitment to social change, diversity, and inclusion. Our location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area will expose you to a diverse set of real-world issues and the experienced professional working on these challenges. Through visiting speakers, fieldwork, and internship opportunities, you will benefit from Mills' strong ties to our local community.

Students graduate from our program with solid experience and the interpersonal and political acumen needed to navigate effectively in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Admissions Deadline

Priority deadline is February 1 with rolling admission thereafter.

If you are applying after February 1, please contact us at ppol@mills.edu to confirm that we are still accepting applications.

Admissions Overview

In evaluating applications, we seriously consider your diverse work, life, and educational backgrounds and experiences.

We are especially interested in candidates who bring the following qualities to the Mills Master of Public Policy Program:
- commitment to public policy and service, as demonstrated through prior study and work/volunteer experience
- analytical reasoning skills
- written and oral communication skills
- ability to work collaboratively in diverse groups and environments
- motivation to take on challenges and see projects through to completion

Online and printable application forms may be found here:
http://www.mills.edu/academics/graduate/ppol/apply/applications.php

Contact Information

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, California
510-430-2147
510-430-2304
ppol@mills.edu

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