College of Education and Public Policy

Department of Public Policy

Earn your degree in Public Policy and find out how you can make a difference in your community by leading change. Contact Leslie Clark, Public Policy advisor, to help you find a major that matches your career goals.

Where can a degree in Public Policy lead you?

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Undergraduate Programs

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Learn about the four different options in the public policy program.

Graduate Programs


You can earn a master's or certificate in public management.

Interested in Internships?


Explore and sign up for an internship.

Save the Date

The Fall semester begins August 21. Students needing assistance with late registration or drop/add should see Ms. Clark by Friday, August 25.  

Community Achievement Award


Congratulations to Rusty York, former Chief of the Fort Wayne Police Department and Public Safety Director for the City of Fort Wayne, on being named the 2017 Community Achievement Award recipient.  This award was presented to Mr. York at the Department of Public Policy Graduation Award reception on April 17, 2017.

Student Success Story

Kody Tinnel

Kody Tinnel earned a B.S.P.A. in Public Management in 2012 and an M.P.A. in May 2015. His professional experience includes various roles at IPFW and a position at Community Action of Northeast Indiana (now called Brightpoint). He recently accepted a new role in the Department of Human Resources at Fort Wayne Community Schools, where he recruits prospective employees and assists with the hiring process. In 2014, Kody was appointed to the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. He believes his education from the Department of Public Policy has given him the knowledge and skills necessary to be a valuable member of the greater community.

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