If you're fascinated by the way governments design laws, make decisions, and implement policies, are interested in working for local, state, or
federal governments, and want to spend your career working to make the world and its governments more fair, just, and equitable,
a degree in Public Policy may be a great fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Public Policy students typically pursue a bachelor's degree (4 years), master's
degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In this field, a bachelor's degree is typically required for
entry-level positions while a master's degree is usually sought by employers searching for Policy Analysts and can provide
you with a leg up on the competition when searching for opportunities in government like as a staffer in the office of a Legislator.
A doctorate degree usually leads to positions in research, academia, and teaching.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in social science and math coursework
helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Public Policy Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Public Policy include:
- Political Scientist
- Policy Analyst
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Political Scientists was $122,220 in 2019.1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Political Scientists,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/political-scientists.htm (visited June 30, 2020).