Message from the Program Director

Welcome to New England College’s Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) degree program, where students have the opportunity to engage in content evaluation and creation with application to everyday policy challenges.

NEC’s cutting edge program in Public Policy offers students a convenient degree delivery option and easily accessible online curriculum. Faculty members are both scholars and practitioners blending academic training with real-world analysis and application.

Our student body is diverse. It includes working professionals in various fields and public policy aspirants. They come from all sides of the policy environment, including government, political campaigns, media, education, private businesses, advocacy groups and other public policy positions. Others come from more traditional academic backgrounds with undergraduate degrees in political science, history, sociology, or related fields and are looking to enhance their skills for public service careers.

Our MAPP students are amazed at the level of convenience offered by this rigorous and challenging course of study. You now have the opportunity to earn your master’s degree without placing your career on hold or relocating.

Studying online, supported by NEC’s extraordinary live technical support system, enables our students to continue their present jobs, while enhancing their performance as they learn. They acquire problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and apply what they learn in class to challenges in their jobs and their organizations, adding stature to their reputation as they advance their credentials.

With a manageable time commitment of approximately 15 to 20 hours per week of study, along with faculty who appreciate the challenges of balancing this commitment with home and work schedules, the MAPP program offers working professionals the perfect avenue for personal and professional growth. The immense value it will add to your working life begins with the decision you are about to make – to take the next step toward achieving leadership in your chosen field.

Please feel free to contact our Enrollment Advisors for more information on the program, tuition and financial aid.

We look forward to welcoming you to New England College.


Wayne Lesperance, LP.D, M.A., B.S.
Professor of Political Science
Director of the Master of Arts in Public Policy
New England College
School of Graduate and Professional Studies