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Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Policy

2,308 Yearly Graduations
$36,000 Median Salary
$21,250 Median Debt
There are 93 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in public policy. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 37% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 3.3% of public policy graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,308 students earned their bachelor's degree in public policy. This makes it the 126th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in public policy at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 3,219
Bachelor’s Degree 2,308
Graduate Certificate 250
Doctor’s Degree 232
Basic Certificate 9
Associate’s Degree 3

Earnings of Public Policy Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in public policy is $36,000. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $35,475 and the high is $50,525.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in public policy is $21,250. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $23,250 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $17,500.

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The median monthly payment of a public policy graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $221.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in public policy. About 59.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 944
Women 1,364
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Public Policy

The racial-ethnic distribution of public policy bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 231
Black or African American 205
Hispanic or Latino 304
White 1,314
International Students 76
Other Races/Ethnicities 178
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Policy Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 93 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in public policy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
176 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for public policy students seekinga bachelor's degree is Duke University. Roughly 16,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 176 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Duke. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
173 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Each year, around 29,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,019 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,552 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 173 people received their bachelor's degree in public policy from UNC Chapel Hill. Of these students, 66% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
141 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Chicago. Roughly 17,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,642 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $60,300 per year.

The public policy program at University of Chicago awarded 141 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#4

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
122 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Princeton University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public policy. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,870 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 122 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Princeton. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#5

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
96 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brandeis University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public policy. Roughly 5,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,340 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,940 per year.

The public policy program at Brandeis University awarded 96 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

95 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public policy. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 95 people received their bachelor's degree in public policy from ASU - Downtown Phoenix. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#7

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
83 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public policy. Each year, around 25,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 83 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at University of Virginia. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#8

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
78 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Arizona State University - Skysong. Each year, around 45,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,867 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,384 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 78 people received their bachelor's degree in public policy from ASU - Skysong. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#9

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
73 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public policy. Roughly 48,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

The public policy program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor awarded 73 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#10

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California
72 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of California - Riverside. Each year, around 25,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The public policy program at University of California - Riverside awarded 72 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 64% were women and 88% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, New York
62 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is SUNY Empire State College. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 62 people received their bachelor's degree in public policy from SUNY Empire. About 35% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
62 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cornell University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public policy. Each year, around 24,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,500 per year.

The public policy program at Cornell University awarded 62 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 52% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi
61 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Mississippi. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,718 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,718 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Ole Miss. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#14

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
50 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Georgia State University. Roughly 35,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Georgia State. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#15

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
48 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of William and Mary is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public policy. Each year, around 8,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,728 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,516 per year.

The public policy program at College of William and Mary awarded 48 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 65% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware
43 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Delaware is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public policy. Each year, around 23,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,164 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 people received their bachelor's degree in public policy from UD. About 72% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
42 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vanderbilt University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public policy. Roughly 13,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,624 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their bachelor's degree in public policy from Vanderbilt. Of these students, 64% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
36 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Brown University. Roughly 10,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $57,112 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public policy majors at Brown. About 67% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut
34 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Trinity College. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,400 per year.

The public policy program at Trinity College awarded 34 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#20

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
33 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for public policy majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Northwestern University. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their bachelor's degree in public policy from Northwestern. Of these students, 73% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public policy that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Social Work 22,681
Human Services 6,503
Public Administration 3,195
Community Organization & Advocacy 1,625
Other Public Administration 327

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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