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MPA Public Policy and Management

MPA Public Policy and Management

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2 years

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Qualification type

MPA - Master of Public Administration

Subject areas

Public Administration Global Warming Policy Studies Social Policy / Administration

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Course Summary

The 100% online MPA Public Policy and Management from the University of York is designed for professionals in the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. It is also well suited to individuals in for-profit organisations involved in public policy or the delivery of public services. This Masters programme provides you with the knowledge and skills to analyse and influence how policies are made and implemented in an age of increasing complexity.

Flexible learning to suit you

Because this programme is taught and studied entirely online, you can study and complete it from anywhere in the world, with no need to ever visit campus.

The flexible design of the programme is ideally suited to busy working professionals, with programme content accessed at the times that suit you. This enables you to study around work, family and other life commitments. It also means that you can continue to work and earn, without needing to take a career break.

You will study in a collaborative online learning environment where you will interact with and learn from fellow professionals from similar fields based all over the world, representing a unique global networking opportunity.

You will be taught and guided by a highly skilled team with a global reputation for its teaching and research. In 2021, the University of York was ranked 22nd in the world for social policy and administration in the QS World University rankings, demonstrating the outstanding global credentials of the University in this field.

Advancing your career

This programme is for ambitious professionals working in the public or non-profit sector who aim to further develop their knowledge and skills in the field of public administration and public policy. It is also suitable for those in private sector roles with a link to public policy or public management. This professional development will help enable you to take on roles with higher degrees of leadership responsibility and strategic impact.

York MPA graduates go on to a wide range of roles, including in government, international NGOs and charities, the NHS, leading consultancies and accountancy firms, universities, banks, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Effective policy-making and public administration depend on good research. This module enables you to critically reflect on the strengths, limitations and appropriateness of different research approaches and techniques, and you acquire the skills needed to evaluate and commission research for public policy and administration contexts.

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Entry requirements

Students should normally have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and the professional experience outlined below. If they don't have experience of undergraduate study or only of a lower standard, the application may be considered if they have a suitable professional background, as outlined below. Students should have professional experience in the public policy/public service/public administration/international development field. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental, intergovernmental or international organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services, or which interact with policy making. The extent of experience should be at least on an early career level, with some degree of involvement in organisational decision making or with a clear career path towards such responsibilities.