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A major or minor in Public Policy will give you the skills you need to make lasting, positive impact in the world.

Master of Public Administration

Master the skills required for advanced careers across the public and nonprofit sectors.

Master of Public Policy

Analyze policy and use data to drive progress.

PhD in Public Policy and Administration

Carry out sophisticated policy research and pursue meaningful careers in academia, government agencies, and beyond.

All Programs Online, Certificates, Undergraduate Minor, more.

You can earn Master's degree or Certificate at your own pace, online. Our programs are designed to meet you where you are, and train you to launch a career in public service.

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Martin School offering $250 scholarship to enlisted military and veterans

Please contact Brooke Kuerzi, undergraduate student affairs brooke.kuerzi@uky.edu or Suzy Wampler, graduate student affairs suzy.wampler@uky.edu with any questions

MPA and Non-Profit Certificate student, Farid Al-Firdaus, named top 5 Indonesian Community Leader

Farid Al-Firdaus, an MPA and Non-Profit Certificate student, has been selected as a top 5 Indonesian community leaders by Pemimpin Indonesia and will represent them at Idea Fest 2022  the largest creative gathering in Indonesia.  Congrats to Farid and thank you for representing the Martin School!

Lisa Johnson (MPA 2015) Elected to Versailles KY City Council

Congratulations are in order for Lisa Johnson (MPA 2015). She has been re-elected to the Versailles Kentucky City Council!

Public Policy Preview Night

Public Policy is a new and exciting major that prepares students for meaningful careers in government, nonprofits, advocacy, law, research, and more! Join us at 6 p.m. in 375 Gatton Student Center to discuss our undergraduate program in public policy. You will meet with current students and faculty who can describe the career opportunities, internships, classes, and community that come along with a degree from the Martin School. If you are passionate about making positive changes for yourself and your world, come explore the versatility and challenge of a public policy degree!

Alum Dexter Horne Recognized 2021 Lyman T Johnson Torch of Excellence!

"The University of Kentucky Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Constituency Group and the UK Office for Institutional Diversity hosted the awards luncheon as part of the 2022 Lyman T. Johnson Homecoming Celebration." (Gish, UKNow). Dexter was among the 2021 winners.

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