Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$309 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
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B.S. in Public Policy – Online


This is a professional school (pro-school), in which you initially enroll in any Oregon State major (e.g. political science, economics, sociology) that meets College of Liberal Arts baccalaureate requirements and the BSPP prerequisites. Once you are enrolled at OSU and have met all the prerequisites, including junior standing, you can apply for admission into the program.

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Pro-school requirements

To be admitted to the program, the following prerequisites must be completed:  

  • 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) at a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Four courses or their equivalent (with B grade or higher)
    • ECON 201 – Introduction to Microeconomics
    • PS 201 – Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics
    • SOC 204 – Introductions to Sociology
    • MTH 245 – Math for Management, Life and Social Sciences; OR ST 201 – Principles of Statistics; OR ST 351 – Introduction to Statistical Methods

BSPP application process

  • Applicants must already be admitted to Oregon State University and have met the prerequisite requirements in order to apply to the BSPP. The major selected will not impact chances of being accepted into the BSPP. Enrolling in a major within the College of Liberal Arts that has a B.S. is a good option for ease of transferring credits (e.g. political science, economics, sociology).
  • Applications may be submitted at any time once you have met the BSPP prerequisites.
  • Allow a minimum of 8 weeks before the term in which you wish to start for application processing.
  • Grades and coursework will be reviewed through MyDegrees as part of the application evaluation process.
  • Write a letter of interest that is no more than three pages double-spaced and shares how studying public policy supports your professional and/or personal goals.
  • Complete the BSPP application and upload letter of interest.

Refer to the BSPP FAQ page for additional information.


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