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How long will it take?

A minimum of 120 credit hours must be completed. A full-time student may complete this program in four years.

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Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer.


Public Policy, B.S.

By pursuing a degree in Public Management and Policy students will acquire skills in professional writing, evidence-based critical thinking and policy analysis in the policy core coursework and in elective concentrations.  Students can choose from three distinct concentrations:  Nonprofit Leadership, Planning and Economics Development, and Public Management and Governance.  Students also will gain valuable skills during the internship course portion of their program.  This program prepares students for a leadership or management career in public services.

Program Details

If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application. Find out more about applying.

International students: International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.); students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States; students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card; or students who have been educated outside of the U.S. Learn more about the application process.

Transfer students: If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation. View the details.

Along with the basic course classes and Public Management classes, students will choose from three distinct concentrations with in the program:  Nonprofit Leadership, Planning and Economics Development, and Public Management and Governance.  Students also will gain valuable skills during the internship course portion of their program.

The curriculum includes:

  • 42 hours of undergraduate core courses (Areas A – E)
  • 18 hours of courses appropriate to the major (Area F)
  • 21 hours of major common course curriculum (Area G)
  • 21 hours of declared concentration (Area H)
    • Nonprofit Leadership
    • Planning and Economics Development or
    • Public Management and Governance
  • 18 hours of electives of which 9 hours must be at the 3000/4000 level (Area I)
  • Total of 120 credit hours

View a detailed list of curriculum requirements.

The Public Policy program prepares students for roles as effective citizens and people who work in public service. We seek talented and motivated students who want to develop the knowledge, skills and values required to become responsible and visionary leaders in a wide range of settings. While many graduates of our program choose to enter a career in the public sector or in nonprofit agencies, others make contributions to their community, state and nation as active citizens in the civic and public arenas.



A policy major can work as a city manager, community relations specialist, local or regional planner, policy analyst, environmental resource specialist, human resource manager, journalist, politician or campaign strategist, volunteer coordinator, nonprofit leader, or in many other exciting careers that make a difference.

Many graduates of the Bachelor of Science in the Public Policy program establish careers in public service. These alumni work in a variety of agencies, including federal, state, and local governments as well as a number of public agencies. Others are employed in not-for-profit organizations that address many important needs. Some alumni work in the business world, but use the knowledge and skills from their public policy degree to become better, more active citizens in the civic and public arenas. The degree program also provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in law, public policy and administration, and related fields.


Department of Public Management & Policy
55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-413-0107
Fax: 404-413-0104

Program Director
Joseph Hacker
[email protected]

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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