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
$318 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.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. in Public Policy – Online


Public policy is developed through linkages between government, nonprofits/NGOs, academia and private businesses. As a graduate, you will be skilled to work in any of these sectors, in high impact research, advocacy and administrative, or management roles.

As an Oregon State public policy major, you’ll participate in a supervised practicum with a public, nonprofit, private or international organization that will result in a policy product for your portfolio that will help you stand out to prospective employers.

Sample job titles

  • Community organizer
  • Federal program specialist
  • Legislative aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Management consulting analyst
  • Nonprofit project manager
  • Policy analyst/researcher
  • Public interest paralegal
  • Social services administrator
  • Strategic planner

A pathway to a Master of Public Policy degree

Oregon State Ecampus also delivers a Master of Public Policy program fully online. The BSPP program is a natural gateway for you to apply to graduate school and pursue a master’s in the same field.

Career advising

As a public policy graduate you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge for a wide range of career possibilities. Work directly with the public policy advisor to identify your areas of interest and possible career opportunities. Additional resources are also available Oregon State’s Career Development Center website.


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