Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy
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.
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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. You can explore the program in the PPL Major Sheet and Four-Year Plans. For KCTCS students, we also have a Transfer Pathway. Public Policy majors customize their degree with free and guided electives, and most students have a minor or second major.
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We have two Martin School scholarships available for Public Policy majors. Incoming students for fall 2022: scholarship applications will be live in Scholarship Universe by early September 2021. If you have any questions about these opportunities, please email Brooke Kuerzi or check out our original announcement. There are many other scholarship opportunities for incoming students - visit the financial aid website to explore your options. Here are a few other opportunities to explore as well:
- William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship
- Robinson Scholarship (first-generation Eastern KY students)
- Scholarship Programs for Adult Students
- ScholarshipUniverse - search for external scholarships in one place
Careers in Public Policy
An undergraduate degree in public policy from UK's Martin School prepares you for a wide range of careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Graduates may pursue careers as policy advisors and policy analysts, management consultants, nonprofit leaders, government relations specialists, intelligence analysts, data analysts, legislative staff, budget/financial analysts, and many more. If they choose to pursue further study after graduation, they will be well-prepared for law school or graduate school in a variety of social science fields.
Martin School staff monitor public service career outlets regularly and advertise opportunities from our vast alumni network weekly with our students. UK's Stuckert Career Center also provides extensive support for professional development, networking, internship and job searches for Public Policy students. We understand the importance of experential learning and professional development, and our students benefit from the attention they receive in our tight-knit community and the larger support structure of UK's resources.