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Public Policy BA Program

Why Public Policy?

We know you care about education, healthcare, the environment, poverty and the policies that affect these issues. 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 simply caring about an issue to taking action to address it using a unique skillset and expertise. Our faculty go beyond politics, using evidence and a diversity of approaches and perspectives to help you learn to evaluate policies and devise solutions to current issues. Through electives and a second major or minor, you can specialize your degree to your particular interests, and evaluate the policies you care about with the tools you develop along the way. You will graduate with marketable skills, professional experiences, and a strong alumni network, which will all help you grow a strong and rewarding career.

Program Admission and Requirements

Our program has selective admission, so students begin as Pre-Public Policy majors as they complete all pre-major coursework. After students complete the pre-major (with a minimum 2.75 GPA) and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA, they can apply for admission as a full major. Check out the major requirements, PPL Major Sheet and our example course sequences, Four-Year Plans,

Students transferring from KCTCS schools can earn their associate's degree in two years at a KCTCS school, then finish the BA in Public Policy in two years at UK through the Transfer Pathway.

Ready to join our UK policy community? Apply Here

Funding Opportunities

There are numerous scholarship opportunities for incoming students - visit the financial aid website to explore your options. Here are a few other opportunities to explore as well:

Complementary Majors and Minors

PPL majors have 20 free credit hours to add a minor, and some even add a second major. Some common choices are given below, but there are many more options out there. Students can make the degree their own and focus on policy areas that matter to them. 

MinorsEconomics​HistoryPolitical ScienceSociologyStatisticsBusiness Analytics

Double Majors - AccountingEconomicsFinanceHistoryPolitical ScienceSociology

Careers in Public Policy

Public Policy graduates often end up working in the Public and Non-profit sectors but their broad skillset allow them to do well in many other careers. This list isn't complete by any means - the skills learned in this program can be applied in more contexts than we could list. However, common job titles include:

  • Policy Advisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • City Manager
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Budget Analyst or Manager
  • Government Relations 
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Nonprofit Administrator

Connect with us

Cory Curl, PhD Candidate
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(859) 562-3182
Brooke Kuerzi, Undergraduate Affairs
Student Affairs Officer
(859) 257-5594