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https://www.mills.edu/publicpolicy

Office of Admissions

Passion for making a difference is important and 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

Child / Family Policy
Criminal Justice Policy Management
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Organizational Theory / Management
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning



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.

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.




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, CA

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