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.
Delivery
100% online You can complete all courses in this program 100% online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. in Public Policy – Online

Curriculum

The BSPP online coursework provides interdisciplinary knowledge that combines economics, political science, sociology and specialization topics that will empower you to develop workable solutions for emerging issues. Gain the analytical, decision-making and communication skills you need to promote, implement and defend public policy initiatives.

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Degree requirements

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate with your bachelor's degree in public policy. Complete degree requirement and curriculum information are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

For details about OSU's Baccalaureate Core, please visit our bacc core details page.

Specialization options

Public policy spans a wide variety of interests related to social and policy issues. The specialization topics provide you the opportunity to deepen your skills and knowledge in an area of interest. Select one of the three specialization areas, or work with the program advisor to create a specialization that fit your interests, to fulfill the 20 credit program requirement.

Sample course topics

  • State and local politics
  • Public policy problems
  • Public administration
  • Ethics in public policy
  • Policy research
  • Public economics
  • Population trends and policy
  • International political economy
  • Policy research

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Find more information about transferring credits using the Office of Admissions’ single-course search tool.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online that complement the BSPP major, including leadership, sustainability and resource economics or health management and policy.

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