Public Policy

The mid-career Master of Public Policy (M.P.P) helps students who are already working on issues like affordable housing, neighborhood development, social welfare, sustainable communities, and environmental management develop skills to advance their careers, while also building networks with fellow professionals, faculty, and other students. 

Now, mid-career students with at least seven years of relevant professional experience can choose to enroll in a full-time program or in a part-time format. The part-time program allows working professionals to work full-time while attending courses during the evenings and weekends, completing their degree in two years. 

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Public Policy M.P.P.

The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) is designed for individuals with at least seven years of significant, relevant professional experience who are interested in expanding their knowledge of public policy within urban, social, and environmental domains -- or across these domains, such as programs and policies related to sustainable communities. This degree program offers students the opportunity to strengthen their critical thinking, policy analysis, and communication skills; improve their professional practice in areas such as mediation, land use planning, or financial management; and establish close professional relationships and networks among faculty, affiliated agencies, and other students.

Note that those who are not yet eligible for the M.P.P. should consider UEP's M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning or M.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning

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Full-time Track 

Full-time students typically complete this 30 credit hour degree in one year

Pathways to Tufts: Part-Time Track for Working Professionals

Using a trimester format for graduate coursework, the part-time program allows working professionals to work full-time while attending courses during the evening, online, and/or weekends, allowing completion of the program in two years. Requirements are the same as full-time study; students complete 30 credit hours to complete the degree. 

Sample Part-Time Schedule*

Term
Courses
Offered
Fall Semester

UEP0254: Quantitative Reasoning for Policy and Planning

UEP0288: Reflections on Public Policy and Practice (MPP Seminar)

UEP0276: Leadership & Organizational Development

Alternate Saturdays, 9AM-2PM

Wednesday, 4:30-5:45PM


Wednesday, 6:30-9:00PM

Spring Semester UEP0251: Economics for Planning and Policy Analysis

UEP0275: Program and Policy Implementation

UEP0289 Integrative Seminar (MPP Seminar)
Alternate Saturdays, 9AM-2PM


Wednesday, 6-9PM

Wednesday 4:30-5:45PM
Summer Session 1 UEP0230: Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Evenings
Summer Session 2 UEP0191: Philanthropy and Fundraising Evenings
Fall Semester UEP0113: Housing Policy

UEP0271: Community Economic Development OR UEP0225: Community Engagement
Thursday, 6-9PM

Monday, 6-9PM
OR
Online
 
Spring Semester UEP0256: Program Evaluation Monday, 6-9PM

 

*This is a sample schedule. Course offerings and schedule are subject to change. 

Faculty

Mary E. Davis
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
Penn Loh
Senior Lecturer and Director of the M.P.P. Program and Community Practice
M.S. , University of California, Berkeley
Environmental justice, solidarity and new economy, community organizing
Julian Agyeman
Professor
Ph.D. , University of London
Sustainability policy and planning, environmental and food justice, intercultural cities
Rachel Bratt
Professor Emerita
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing and community development
Christine Cousineau
Lecturer
MArch AS, MCP , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban planning and design, green urban design, retrofitting suburbs, community engagement
Mary E. Davis
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
Laurie Goldman
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Social welfare and housing policy, policy implementation, public and nonprofit management
Justin Hollander
Professor and Certificate Program Advisor
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
Land use planning, urban design, shrinking cities, big data analytics
James Jennings
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Urban and neighborhood politics, social welfare, community development
Sheldon Krimsky
Lenore Stern Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Ph.D. , Boston University
Environmental policy and ethics
Penn Loh
Senior Lecturer and Director of the M.P.P. Program and Community Practice
M.S. , University of California, Berkeley
Environmental justice, solidarity and new economy, community organizing
Russ Lopez
Russ Lopez
Lecturer
Environmental factors associated with learning and education, urban environmental health, and the contribution of the social and built environments to public health outcomes and social disparities
Liat Racin, Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
Liat Racin
Lecturer
Ph.D. , King's College, London
Social geographer and urbanist with particular interests in social policy, ecology, public spaces, and justice
Ann Rappaport
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Environmental management and policy
Portrait of Shomon Shamsuddin.
Shomon Shamsuddin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing policy, education, and community development
Portrait of Sumeeta Srinivasan.
Sumeeta Srinivasan
Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Intersection of sustainable development and spatial inequities of access
Jon Witten
Senior Lecturer
J.D. , Suffolk University
Land use planning, local government law, natural resources policy

Application Deadline


Fall: January 15

Fall Pathways Part-time Track: June 1
Spring Pathways Part-time Track: December 1

At least seven years of significant, relevant professional work experience required.

Application Requirements:


> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> GRE scores are not required*
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three Letters of Recommendation

*The department does not base admissions decisions solely on the GRE. A GRE score is not required for current Tufts undergraduates or applicants 5+ years beyond a bachelor's degree.

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the Director of the Master of Public Policy Program, Penn Loh.

Students interested in part-time study should contact pathwaysgsas@tufts.edu

Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning 
97 Talbot Avenue 
Tufts University 
Medford, Massachusetts 02155

Tel: (617) 627-3394 
Fax:(617) 627-3377