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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. 

Funding Opportunities

We have two Martin School scholarships available for Public Policy majors! Learn more and apply.

There are many other scholarship opportunities for incoming students - consult the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to explore more funding information and opportunities. 

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. 

Connect with us

Current students can email to set up a meeting or stop by during drop-in advising hours, each Tuesday from 8-10 a.m. and Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Drop-in advising is available in 413 Patterson Office Tower and on Zoom. High school and transfer students should schedule a visit here

Brooke Kuerzi

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Student Affairs Officer

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Patterson Office Tower, 413
(859) 257 - 5994

Cory Curl, PhD

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Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Patterson Office Tower, 417
(859) 562 - 3182