Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Master's Degree in Public Policy

Find Schools Near

Master’s Degrees in Public Policy

3,219 Yearly Graduations
$58,650 Median Salary
$46,138 Median Debt
A master's degree in public policy is offered at 107 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 25% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 23.6% of public policy graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors

In 2018-2019, 3,219 earned their master's degree in public policy. This earns it the #52 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in public policy at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 3,219
Bachelor’s Degree 2,308
Graduate Certificate 250
Doctor’s Degree 232
Basic Certificate 9
Associate’s Degree 3

Earnings of Public Policy Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in public policy is $58,650. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $52,750 to a high of $65,575.

undefined

Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in public policy is $46,138. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $58,450 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $39,563.

undefined

Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $538.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in public policy. About 56.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,400
Women 1,819
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Public Policy

The racial-ethnic distribution of public policy master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 227
Black or African American 225
Hispanic or Latino 261
White 1,525
International Students 760
Other Races/Ethnicities 221
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Policy Master's Degree Students

There are 107 colleges that offer a master’s degree in public policy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
308 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Chicago tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 17,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,642 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $60,300 per year.

The public policy program at University of Chicago awarded 308 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 54% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
210 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public policy. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The public policy program at Harvard University awarded 210 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 47% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
174 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgetown University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public policy. Roughly 19,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

The public policy program at Georgetown University awarded 174 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 55% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
134 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Berkeley comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public policy. Each year, around 43,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The public policy program at University of California - Berkeley awarded 134 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
133 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Carnegie Mellon University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public policy. Roughly 14,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,037 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 133 master's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Carnegie Mellon. About 59% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
125 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public policy. Each year, around 85,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 125 master's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Liberty University. About 38% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
112 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Maryland - College Park. Roughly 40,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

The public policy program at University of Maryland - College Park awarded 112 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

104 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Texas at Austin. Each year, around 51,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 104 people received their master's degree in public policy from UT Austin. About 59% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
103 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public policy. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 103 master's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at USC. About 57% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
94 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Each year, around 48,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 people received their master's degree in public policy from U-M. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#11

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
88 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree is Princeton University. Each year, around 8,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,870 per year.

The public policy program at Princeton University awarded 88 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
88 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree is Duke University. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

The public policy program at Duke University awarded 88 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#11

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
88 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public policy. Roughly 51,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 88 master's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at UMN Twin Cities. Of these students, 60% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
78 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree is George Mason University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 78 master's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at GMU. Of these students, 59% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
78 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public policy. Roughly 25,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

The public policy program at University of Virginia - Main Campus awarded 78 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#16

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
75 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public policy. Roughly 27,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 75 master's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at GWU. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#17

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
64 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Los Angeles. Roughly 44,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 64 people received their master's degree in public policy from UCLA. About 66% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
59 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their master's degree is Brown University. Each year, around 10,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $57,112 per year.

The public policy program at Brown University awarded 59 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 53% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
53 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brandeis University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public policy. Each year, around 5,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,340 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,940 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 53 master's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Brandeis. Of these students, 81% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
51 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public policy. Each year, around 14,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,351 per year.

The public policy program at American University awarded 51 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 61% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public policy that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Social Work 31,270
Public Administration 12,640
Human Services 1,236
Community Organization & Advocacy 469
Other Public Administration 280

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.