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.
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4 per year

B.S. in Public Policy – Online


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 minimum of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate with your bachelor's degree in public policy. Major requirements 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

These specialization topics provide you the opportunity to deepen your skills and knowledge in an area of public policy interest. Select one of the three options.

Environmental policy

Discover how laws and politics shape the decisions around climate change, natural resources, renewable energy and other issues in the environmental policy optionView the curriculum »

Rural policy

Take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex set of challenges facing rural communities that are exacerbated by globalization and technological changeView the curriculum »

Social policy

Examine social issues that challenge existing knowledge, policies and institutions, such as poverty, inequality, hunger, homelessness, access to education, and child care. View the curriculum »

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

Additional program features

Internship / Work experience

The curriculum's PPOL 410 practicum course requires you to take part in a supervised work experience in a public policy-related program. Your academic advisor can provide more information once you're admitted.

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.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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