What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Public Policy is designed for students with strong analytical backgrounds, such as those received in engineering, natural science, or an analytically oriented social science or humanities curriculum. Graduate studies in public policy focus on areas in which either the consequences of scientific and technological activity have significant public policy implications, or technical and scientific information is a significant input to the policy-making process. Current areas of specialization for the School include science and technology policy, environmental and energy policy, information and telecommunication policy, and regional economic development policy.

Students in the public management concentration learn the leadership and decision-making skills needed in developing and managing organizations to be accountable and effective. These are challenging goals. To be accountable, managers must understand the scope of their authority, accept responsibility for their duties, and understand how to measure and report the fruits of their efforts in an open and transparent way. To be effective managers must know how to translate policy goals into management practices and measure whether their efforts are yielding the desired policy outcomes.

In the current era, most public policies are implemented through complex networks of public programs that call upon the talents and resources of public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. These networks are bound together through contracts, funding mechanisms, regulatory and reporting relationships. Being accountable and effective in the modern era means having a detailed understanding of how the different types of organizations and policy tools interact with one another.

Which department am I in?

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (46 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,215/hr for 1-11 credit hours; USD $14,570 for 12 or more credit hours
Application deadline

31 October 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Savant Building, 631 Cherry Street NW, 1st Floor,



30332, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants who have completed a BS degree or equivalent in any field and have an interest in the public policy emphases of our school can apply.

The minimum score for graduate admission required by Georgia Tech is: IELTS: 7.0 Overall Band score and minimum Component Band scores of: 6.5 Reading, 6.5 Listening, 6.5 Speaking, 5.5 Writing,

  • 577 (paper based), or
  • 90 (Internet based) and minimum section scores of 19

The spring application deadline is October 31st, fall priority deadline is February 15th, and fall space available deadline is June 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.