Master of Arts in Public Policy - Online

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Help Change the World with a Degree in Public Policy

Gain insight and understanding in the United States’ political and policy systems by earning a Master of Arts in Public Policy online through New England College.  In less than 2 years, you will develop comprehension and thorough awareness of the workings of politics and policy, through this interactive and flexible degree program.  For professionals that desire to lead in the world today, an advanced degree in Public Policy prepares you with the intellectual fundamentals, theory and practical expertise with a foundation in ethical leadership.  Graduates of the program are equipped with the depth and breadth of knowledge required for success.

Highlights of New England College’s Master of Arts in Public Policy Degree

New England College’s Master of Arts in Public Policy Degree program is designed to encourage interaction, lively discussion and collaboration between students and faculty members.  The 36 credit hour degree program allows students to focus on 2 courses per 7 week term.  Creative curriculum and course design strengthens verbal and written communication, leadership skills, analytical and critical thinking and decision making as they relate overall to public policy and the U.S. political system.

  • Develop in-depth understanding of governmental organizations at the State and Federal levels including Congress, Judiciary and Presidency.
  • Explore the origins of the American political process.
  • Gain insight into the interaction between citizens and governmental entities.
  • Engage in lively public policy discussion with classmates and professors.
  • Learn about the political process including the mechanics of election campaigns, campaign finance and strategic communications.
  • Dive into latest thought and theory of political and policy implications as they relate to a variety of demographics including race and economic class.

Student Success Stories

~ Diane Marie Vinnicombe, Graduate 

“The warmth and support of faculty and staff, despite its being an online course and the depth of knowledge the courses have to offer are what I enjoy most about this course of study.  The dialogue during discussions is lively and truly offers a feel of “community” among colleagues.  The feeling of really being part of an establishment regardless of not being able to be on campus is very important to me.  I live two hours away from the college and would love to be able to attend classes on campus.  I am unable to do so; however, New England College and the faculty seem to make it feel as though I were a campus student.  There is always someone there to expound upon the material and to offer as much support as possible.  This program has enhanced my life tremendously already.” 

~ Gregory Maier, Graduate

“I’ve most enjoyed the interaction I have had with my most stimulating professors and some particularly astute classmates.  Professor Wayne Lesperance is an invaluable asset to NEC and he was absolutely key in challenging me intellectually and academically.”

~ Krissa Thom, Graduate

“New England College is a great program for graduate studies, because you can still work full-time and complete your studies at will.  The diversity of the faculty and the students creates a more enriched learning environment.  In addition, each of the individuals have had different life experiences, therefore, you get a well-rounded view of today’s society.  It is a short, but vigorous program, but well worth it once you finish the program and look back.”

The Benefits of New England College’s Online Master of Science Degree Programs

Since 1946, New England College graduates have earned well-respected degrees focused on creating leaders in their fields through innovative experiential learning degree programs.  Currently, New England College offers over 30 Bachelor Degree programs and 13 Master’s degree programs, as well as a Ph.D. program and the online degree programs offer the same level of education and interaction as the traditional on-site program.  The online degrees are crafted to create graduates with an advanced understanding in their specialty as well as a global perspective of civic and social responsibility in a flexible format that works for even busy working professionals.

Increase you knowledge and expertise by learning the dynamics and implications that politics and policy plays on the world stage.  Delve into topics and issues including how the U.S. political system and decisions impact governments and individuals across the globe and at home.  Enhance your analytical skills as they relate to economic analysis and public policy decision, with an understanding of ethical leadership and decision making.  Benefits of New England College’s online degree programs include:

  • Completion of degree in less than 2 years
  • Rolling admissions allow for students to enter every 7 weeks, throughout the year
  • 100% online degree program, with no residency requirement
  • 24/7 access to coursework and classes
  • GRE or GMAT scores not required
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Job Opportunities for Graduates of a Master of Arts In Public Policy

Through the development of advanced skills and understanding in U.S. public policy, government and politics, through New England College’s Master of Arts in Public Policy Degree, you will be well prepared for leadership positions within all levels of government and in advocacy focused organizations.  All industries and sectors have needs for highly qualified public policy professionals, as well as governmental entities. Job opportunities for graduates of this program include:

  • Policy Advisor, Global Nonprofit Organization
  • Senior Policy Analyst in a Corporate Environment
  • Policy & Public Affairs Officer
  • Communications Director
  • Public Policy Program Director
  • Senior Consultant of Public Policy


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