Why Public Policy?
You care about solving today’s greatest challenges: economic inequality, housing instability, access to quality health care, educational disparities, infrastructure, data privacy, and well beyond. You want to make the world a better place, and you’re ready to get started now.
A degree in public policy will empower you to move beyond caring about an issue to taking action to address it. The University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration’s undergraduate program exposes you to knowledge and skills from economics, political science, finance, and management. You will learn to apply evidence and consider diverse perspectives to evaluate policies and develop policy solutions to current issues.
You can customize your degree to what interests you most through internships and other experiential learning opportunities, and by adding a minor or even a second major.
You will graduate with marketable knowledge and skills, professional experiences, and a strong alumni network, which will help you grow a strong and rewarding career.
Program Admission and Requirements
We are a selective admission program, so all students begin as Pre-Public Policy majors. After you complete the pre-major (with a minimum 2.75 GPA) and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA, you are admitted to the full major.
Careers in Public Policy
Graduates will pursue careers as policy advisors or analysts, management consultants, nonprofit leaders, government relations specialists, intelligence analysts, data analysts, legislative staff, budget/financial analysts, and more. They will also be well-prepared for law school or graduate school in a variety of social science fields.
UK's Stuckert Career Center also provides extensive support for professional development, networking, internship and job searches for public policy students.