The mission of the Sanford School of Public Policy Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program is to develop ethical and inclusive leaders who are committed to using evidence-based tools and rigorous analysis to solve public policy challenges and strengthen society through public service.

Sanford's two-year, professional MPP program prepares students for careers as analysts, managers and leaders in various levels of business, government, and nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world.

We offer top rankings and high demand in health policy, social policy, energy and the environment, international development, national security and foreign policy, and technology policy, as well as research and engagement expertise.

Our Strengths

  • Close and connected community
  • Top 10 rankings in public policy
  • Highest-quality teaching and one-on-one mentoring
  • Almost all admitted students receive merit-based scholarships
  • Individualized career counseling
  • Deeply loyal alumni network
  • World-class research university

Public Policy is Everywhere

"Public Policy matters to me because it touches all aspects of life- it truly is everywhere! In order to make decisions, we need to be aware of how our choices (or in this case, our policy recommendations) impact others. I was drawn to public policy because it forces us to think outside of ourselves and incorporate various perspectives in order to make recommendations that uplift and incorporate the views and voices of all."
- Maria Castrillon MPP’23


A Community for Growth

"The people at Sanford and the relationships I have made have been transformative. Having friends to support and uplift me during a global pandemic has made me feel empowered and optimistic. I am most proud of my tenacity. I have chosen to fail forward, learn as much as I can, and exercise gratitude. I strongly believe that our identity is not defined by our productivity, we are human beings first, doers next." - Mona Zahir MPP ’23


Featured Video

MPP Student Profile: Rhea Ninan

Listen to second-year MPP candidate Rhea Ninan talk about her experience at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


Student Handbook

Get all the information you need about the program. Download the MPP Student Handbook.