Master of Arts in Public Policy Online Degree Program

Master of Arts in Public Policy Online Degree Program

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Earning a Master's in Public Policy Online Will Prepare You for Tomorrow's Challenges

Public policy issues are of paramount importance in today’s world. Liberty University’s online master's degree in Public Policy will teach you important concepts in political philosophy that affect how people think. The critical political issues of today all center around opinions on public policy. Healthcare, taxation, immigration, and international relations are all issues in public policy. This degree will prepare you for exciting opportunities in many career fields, including public administration, government, and politics.

Courses will equip you to serve effectively as an expert in the field of public policy and will emphasize the importance of applying ethics to management practices. Through the Masters in Public Policy, you will strengthen your critical thinking skills and stretch your comprehension of critical issues facing today’s society.

Why Choose Liberty University's Graduate Online Public Policy Degree?

The Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) is a joint venture of Liberty University’s School of Law and Helms School of Government. Students can complete this degree 100% online, which allows flexibility for students to remain active in their job, family, and community without the worry of having to take courses on a campus. The Master of Arts in Public Policy provides access to faculty who are statesmen, leaders, and policymakers and embody a Christ-centered philosophy that Liberty University ascribes to and imparts to a world in need of Christ’s directed influence.

Completing Liberty’s graduate online Public Policy degree will enhance your expertise in political philosophy and key concepts in American governance so you can articulate your ideas in fields such as research, politics, and research. You will gain an understanding of thought-patterns from a wide spectrum of political philosophers that continue to radiate in today’s society. The MAPP will train its graduates to effectively shape policy in governmental, legislative, political, communications, managerial, academic, and international relations areas.

You may also be interested in exploring our master degree in Political Science, Public Administration, or International Relations

Highlights of the Master of Arts in Public Policy program

  • By earning your Public Policy degree from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • Full-time students can complete the Master’s in Public Policy degree online in as little as two years. 

Public Policy Degree Program Format

  • 100% Online
  • 36 total credit hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and available.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.
  • Optional Thesis; more information available in the Thesis Portal.
  • This program falls under the Helms School of Government.

Potential Career Options with a Master of Arts in Public Policy Degree 

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Interest/Advocate Groups
  • Research
  • Politics

Upon completion of a public policy degree online, graduates may wish to pursue careers that utilize their expertise in policymaking. Graduates can pursue various positions in the local, state, and federal government offices. Students with a public policy degree also would be valuable assets to lobbying firms to advocate for important issues.


Students in the Master of Arts in Public Policy may choose one of the following cognates: