Public Policy

Public Policy majors at Pitt-Greensburg

36 Credits
Bachelor of Science

Real-world social issues, real-world experience.

We live in a global environment where public issues are complex and more quickly communicated than ever before. The discipline of public policy deals with the range of issues related to the role of the public sector in solving social and economic problems. Concentrations in Economic and Business Policy, Political and Social Policy, or Policy Advocacy inform students' understanding of issues in public policy by becoming a specialist in an area where real-world careers exist.

The Public Policy major emphasizes applied problems with a goal of creating experiential learning opportunities through undergraduate research assistantships and internships. To this end, the public policy major offers a valuable partnership to Pitt-Greensburg’s Center for Applied Research (CFAR). CFAR provides opportunities for public policy students to work on developing solutions that impact how real community organizations operate.

Public policy is an inherently interdisciplinary major drawing on philosophy and political science in dealing with value conflicts, econometrics for assessing risks, costs and benefits, research methods and statistics for evaluating programs, and communication for understanding public relations and advocacy. Students analyze important economic and social decisions made by businesses and governments, improve critical thinking skills and strengthen organizational and decision making abilities.


Graduate School Guarantee —
University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

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Required Criteria:

  • Apply to a regional campus.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.3 grade point average while satisfying the minimum course work requirements.
  • Complete an undergraduate degree at a regional campus
  • Achieve minimum scores of 155 (70th percentile) on the Verbal section, 152 (60th percentile) on the Quantitative section, and a score of 3.5 or better on the Analytical Writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • For information about Pitt Public Health, go to www.publichealth.pitt.edu.
     

Graduate School Guarantee —
University of Pittsburgh School of Public & International Affairs

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Required Criteria:

  • Apply to a regional campus.
  • Be in top 10 percent of high school graduating class with a 1300 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 29 ACT result.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average in arts and sciences while satisfying the minimum course work requirements.
  • Achieve minimum scores of 154 each on verbal and quantitative sections and a scores of 4.0 or above on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to public service through internships, volunteer, and/or work experience in the fields of public and international affairs.
  • Apply to the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public and International Affairs, or Master of International Development programs. The offer of guaranteed admission remains in effect for three years after graduation from one of the regional campuses with a bachelor’s degree.
  • For information about GSPIA, go to www.gspia.pitt.edu