Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Master of Public Affairs

Gain key professional skills to catalyze a career in policy — in just one year

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) is a rigorous, one-year program that prepares students to be public policy leaders, analysts and advocates in government, politics, and the nonprofit, and private sectors, both in the U.S. and abroad. At a time of heightened concern about economic development, poverty, social equity, education, security, and the environment, our MPA students develop the necessary problem-solving, quantitative, communication, and managerial skills to develop effective, evidence-based solutions and make an impact on real-world challenges.