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Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy

What is 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 start learning how. Earning a BA in Public Policy will help you move beyond simply caring about an issue by giving you the analytical skills to understand issues and create realistic policy solutions. You will be able to decide how to best approach a societal or political issue and how to measure the impact of different solutions using data and evidence. You will study in a multidisciplinary field which will allow you to see the world through multiple lenses. You will gain marketable skills that will help you grow a strong and rewarding career in the public, nonprofit, or for-profit sector.


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


Program Admission

The BA in Public Policy is a selective admission program, so current UK students will start the program as Pre-Public Policy majors, and work to complete the pre-major courses with a GPA of 2.75. After students complete the pre-major coursework (with a minimum 2.75 GPA) and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA, they can apply for admission as a full major. 

If you want to hear more about the program and the opportunities available to members of the Martin School community, schedule a meeting with Brooke Kuerzi, the Martin School undergraduate recruiter and advisor. Schedule a campus tour and a Public Policy Program visit on the Visitor Center website. Click here for opportunities to chat with us virtually or do a virtual campus tour.


Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy provides students with a broad overview of the field of Public Policy and allows them to pursue their own areas of interested with guided electives and an internship option. Check out the major requirements below. 

PPL Major Sheet       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. 

Transfer Pathway

Complementary Majors and Minors

Because Public Policy is largely an interdisciplinary field, students are encouraged to pursue an academic minor or a second major if it fits their interests and career goals. These programs would be complementary to Public Policy:


Double Majors*

*Some double majors may take longer than four years if student has no AP, dual or transfer credit. 


Meet the PPL Team

Dr. Cory Curl

Dr. Cory Curl
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Patterson Office Tower 417
(859) 562-3182

Brooke Kuerzi

Brooke Kuerzi, MPA
Student Affairs Officer
Patterson Office Tower 413
(859) 257-5594


How to Join

We are available to meet with prospective students and major changes through Zoom or in-person.  Prospective students are invited to attend walk-in advising or contact brooke.kuerzi@uky.edu to schedule an advising appointment. High school or transfer students who are ready to join us can apply here

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