Carnegie Mellon University

Master's in EPP


Engineering and Public Policy offers an MS program that gives students skills to address policy issues where the scientific and technical details matter.

If you want to tackle the complex problems of today’s society by applying knowledge of science, technology, economics, and social analysis, the EPP MS program may be right for you.

Our students have a variety of technical backgrounds from their prior degrees or professional experience. While most students have a science or engineering undergraduate degree, we also consider social scientists with an interest in technology issues and a strong quantitative background. EPP students go on to careers in government, business, consulting, academia, and non-profits around the world.

 The MS program is a flexible professional program consisting of coursework with optional research or project work, including:

  1. Core courses to provide a foundation for understanding the breadth of complex problems and their solutions
    • Theory and practice of policy analysis
    • Quantitative methods for policy analysis
  2. Elective courses to provide a balanced perspective on problem-solving approaches
    • Quantitative methods electives
    • Social analysis and decision-making electives
  3. Elective courses to acquire depth of knowledge in a particular field

This flexible three-semester program begins in August and can be completed in two semesters (9 months) for students who elect a heavier workload.