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MS in Animals and Public Policy

Making a difference for animals and the people who care about them.

MS in Animals and Public Policy

Listen to faculty and alumni describe the unique experiences and opportunities in the MS in Animals and Public Policy program. Learn about how students have used their degree to change the world we live in.

The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) is an intensive, 12-to-16-month graduate degree program that focuses on human-animal relationships and their implications for policy and community action. While students enter the program with different interests, skills, philosophies, and aspirations, all share a passion for understanding human-animal relationships and promoting the status of animals in society.

Experience and Networking

The People You Will Meet

Since 1995, the MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program has graduated over 200 students - most of whom have a strong loyalty to their classmates, faculty and the program.

As a MAPP student, you will have opportunities to meet and network with alumni and faculty contacts so you can begin to build your own network to help set you up for success post-graduation.

What our alumni are saying

"The reason I chose the MAPP Program was it seemed so diverse in everything that it covered. I learned how to look at animal protection/humane protection in an economic, psychological and historic way."

Nadine Pellegrini

Nadine Pellegrini

Director of Advocacy, Animal Rescue League of Boston
MAPP '07

"The Master's in Animals and Public Policy laid the foundation for me to be in the regulatory compliance field."

Claire Johnson

Claire Johnson

IACUC Administrator, Tufts University
MAPP '14

The Things You Will Learn and Do

Gain exposure to a wide range of views on animals and their relationships with humans.

Learn to critically evaluate diverse expressions of policy views and empirical and theoretical research in:
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Human-animal studies
  • Animal policy

Enhance communication skills needed to implement and advocate for effective policy.

Pursue individual interests through electives, externships, and research projects.

Choose between a research track and an applied track.

Upcoming Events

Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP)

Upcoming Animal Matters Seminars

Members of the public are invited to these seminars on campus or remotely at no charge.

Made possible by the generous support of the Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund

A curriculum designed for you

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Tailor the program to your interests

All students in the MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program take core courses that examine the changing roles of animals in society, teach students how to effectively evaluate research and policy arguments, and polish their communication skills.

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Meet our faculty and learn about their areas of expertise.

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Find more about the student experience and the nuts and bolts of attending.

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Learn about the core courses that examine the changing roles of animals in society.

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Student Profiles

Read our profiles to find out about the the variety of options in our program.

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Find out about application requirements, deadlines, tuition and aid.

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Career Opportunities

Learn about where MAPP alumni have gone as well as common career paths.

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See what our alumni are doing

Alumni of the MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) work all over the world from the smallest local animal shelter to large non-profits and government organizations. Here are just a few of our recent alumni.


Lindsay Hamrick

New Hampshire State Director for The Humane Society of the United States

Through my work as New Hampshire State Director for The Humane Society of the United States, Lindsay focuses on improving state policy for all animals including companion animals, farm animals and wildlife.

Read Lindsay's Profile


Corinne (Lackner) Stephens

Business Partnerships Manager, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

A veterinary technician and teacher of conservation education programs in her home state of New Jersey, Corinne (Lackner) Stephens’ passion for animals and her community played a role in her everyday life. 

Read Corrine's Profile


Kali Pereira

Senior Deer Program Manager, Wildlife Protection Department, The Humane Society of the United States

Prior to MAPP, Kali was working in small animal & wildlife medicine and sea turtle & marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, as well as community based healthcare for homeless youth in downtown Boston.

Read Kali's Profile

What's next?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Center for Animals in Public Policy at Tufts

The Center’s mission is to conduct and encourage scholarly evaluation and understanding of the complex societal issues and public policy dimensions of the changing role and impact of animals in society.

Center for Animals and Public Policy

For additional information or questions about the MS in Animals and Public Policy program, please contact:

Center for Animals and Public Policy
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536

Phone: 508-839-7991