Bachelor of Science in Public Policy

The Bachelor of Science in Public Policy (BS PP) is designed to provide an education that combines strong analytical skills with understanding of a range of substantive policy issues and the political, social, and cultural forces that shape public policies. The BS PP core courses provide students with the broad political, economic, and philosophical foundations of thought pertinent to public policy, a base of rigorous quantitative and qualitative analytical approaches, and a solid understanding of the political and social dynamics that structure policy debates and policy outcomes.

The curriculum moves from disciplinary foundations (in politics, economics, philosophy, and sociology) to methods of research and data analysis, and finally to a senior-year two-semester capstone "task force" in which students work with outside clients on actual policy problems. Students choose two clusters from concentrations in environment and energy policy, science and technology policy, social and urban policy, philosophy, and politics and policy, and can select electives in additional areas such as information and telecommunication policy, bioengineering and ethics, and regional development policy.

The program's emphasis on the development of problem-solving and analytical skills constitutes a strong comparative advantage for BS PP graduates.

BS/MS Public Policy

The School of Public Policy offers a BS/MS program for students enrolled in the undergraduate program who demonstrate an interest in and ability for additional education beyond the BS degree.

Students in the BS/MS program will remain undergraduates until they meet requirements for the undergraduate degree, at which point they will receive their BS degree and be changed to graduate status. Students will be eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech (i.e., at the end of their first year), and if they show appropriate progress in their degree program thereafter. Any student in good standing in the BS PP program is eligible to apply to the program. Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of the faculty who have served as advisors or instructors. Continuation in the program will require the student to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in public policy courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor's degree. Students participating in this program will be eligible for the six semester credit-hour Graduate Course Option, which allows students completing both the bachelor's and master's in the same discipline to use up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in the major discipline for both degrees.

The graduate-level credits required in the BS/MS Program are usually as follows:

  1. Core-22 hours
  2. Electives-12 hours
  3. Research paper- 3 hours

Total 37 hours

Specific Requirements for the Program include:

  1. PUBP 6001 Introduction to Public Policy
    (1 semester hour, all other courses are 3 semester hours)
  2. PUBP 6010 Ethics, Epistemology, and Public Policy
  3. PUBP 6112 Research Design in Policy Science
    [NOTE: This course should be taken as an undergraduate instead of PUBP 3130 and will count for both programs]
  4. PUBP 6114 Applied Policy Methods and Data Analysis
  5. PUBP 6116 Microeconomics in Policy Analysis
  6. PUBP 6118 Public Finance and Policy
  7. PUBP 6210 Public Policy Analysis

Students must also take one of the following three courses:

  1. PUBP 6014 Organization Theory
  2. PUBP 6017 Public Management
  3. PUBP 6018 Policy Implementation

Students are required to develop, in consultation with their advisor, a six-hour concentration in an area or specialty relevant to public policy and management (e.g. environmental policy, science and technology policy, urban policy, economic development, information and communications policy, policy evaluation, public management).

Contact the BS PP program director for further information.