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Public Management & Policy

Bachelor of Science

Top 3%

Online Bachelor's Program in the Nation

- U.S. News & World Report, 2024

Top 25

in the nation, Public Management & Leadership

- U.S. News & World Report, 2020

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Program Details

In the Public Management & Policy major, you will cultivate expertise that prepares you for managerial and administrative positions in local, state or federal government and nonprofit agencies. Enter a field with the potential to increase public access to essential government services.

Understanding the nature of public policy, the public workplace and its political, legal and managerial implementations will enhance your professional leadership skills and unlock career opportunities at various government service levels. This major will also build your foundational knowledge for graduate study in law, specialized planning or public administration.

Online students pursuing a degree in Public Policy must complete an internship and may choose between an online or in-person internship opportunity.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


Students must complete the following introductory courses (15 units), major core courses (12 units), a public management and policy emphasis (15 units) and an internship (3 units).

SBS 200: Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
PA 206: Public Policy and Administration
POL 201: American National Government
PA 330: Ethics for the Public Administrator
PA 410: Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
PA 470: Public Organizational Management
PA 480: Formation of Public Policy
POL 483: Urban Public Policy (Emphasis Core)



Earning your Bachelor of Science in Public Management & Policy will build core skills, including:

  • Formation of public policy
  • Leadership and ethics
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Program evaluation
  • Human resource management
  • Administrative reform
  • Organizational and inter-organizational management
  • Policy implementation and evaluation

Many of our graduates have attained positions in local, state, and federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations, political campaigns and offices and private businesses. Our graduates have also gone on to attain advanced degrees in law, public policy, sociology, public administration, social work and political science.

A major in Public Management & Policy will help you qualify for many different careers in public, nonprofit, and private sectors, including:

  • Law Enforcement
  • National Security
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainability
  • Health Care Policy
  • Business
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data and Record Studies
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Public Service and Community Solutions