Master Of Arts In Public Policy Residential Degree Program
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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
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Aug 19, 2024
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Prepare to Serve the Public with Honor

Are you currently working in public service or thinking of transitioning to this career field? Our Helms School of Government offers the opportunity to prepare for a rewarding career in public service by earning a Master of Arts in Public Policy. Through this degree program, you can pursue graduate-level training that is designed to “impact the world” by developing Christ-centered alumni who are political leaders, scholars, and policymakers. You can learn how to shape policy in governmental, legislative, political, communications, managerial, and academic areas.

Our experienced professors can guide you in qualitative and quantitative research on issues affecting local governmental organizations, international organizations, private entities, and local legislative bodies. You can understand the impact of existing or proposed public policies on individuals, institutions, and American society. Your studies can help ensure that you have the skills to shape public policy and be a positive force in the field of public service.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Arts in Public Policy Degree?

If you want to further your knowledge and training in the areas of public policy, then Liberty University is the place to pursue your master’s degree in public policy. We are located in Central Virginia, which makes working with organizations and businesses in Washington D.C. a reality due to our close proximity.

It is our goal to provide opportunities for first-hand learning experiences. Our leadership believes that knowledge is best turned into wisdom through practical learning.  If you major in a government-related degree, you have the opportunity to join the only honor society for college and university government students in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

What Will You Learn in Our Master of Arts in Public Policy Degree?

Our Master of Arts in Public Policy can prepare you for public service through a variety of courses that focus on different aspects of public policy and governmental leadership. You can gain an understanding of the effects of economics on public policy and how the government can, in turn, affect our economy. Being aware of the ramifications of laws and rules put in place by the government is key in having a positive influence on society. Throughout this degree, you will study influential political philosophers and how their ideas have influenced the country.

The Helms School of Government has a mission to produce leaders who can affect the nation in both a positive and profound way. You can learn the principles of servant leadership and be able to get some practical experience as well in order to further your understanding of the course content. You will study the most influential political philosophers and how their ideas influenced the country we have today.

You will study the role of America in global issues and how to determine sovereignty when it comes to international organizations that seek to have an influence on American policy both at home and abroad. Additionally, you will look at the influence Christianity has on the world and how we can negotiate competing worldviews with diplomacy and authority.

Featured Courses

PPOG 502 – Economics and Public Policy

PPOG 503 – Political Philosophy

PPOG 504 – Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 

PPOG 506 – Intro to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy

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Highlights of the Helms School of Government Degree Programs

  • There are many opportunities to intern with organizations and agencies related to your degree thanks to the special relationship and proximity to Washington, D.C.
  • Join the only honor society for college and university government students in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
  • Our Helms School of Government, named after Sen. Jesse Helms, was founded to promote the traditional values and conservative thoughts of our namesake.
  • Advocate for public policy, enact it, implement it or enforce it. Our Helms School of Government offers the chance to study and fill one or more of these roles with our wide range of degrees.

Master of Arts in Public Policy Degree Information

Potential Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in Public Policy Graduates

  • City manager
  • Diplomat
  • Policy analyst
  • Political consultant
  • Politician
  • Public administrator

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)

  • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account


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